flood·​wa·​ter | \ˈfləd-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

Definition of floodwater 

: the water of a flood

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Five people have died in Virginia from the storm, 4 of them people swept away by floodwaters along roads. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Michael Death Toll Rises to 11, Infrastructure in Crisis Throughout Southeast," 11 Oct. 2018 Thousands of homes in North and South Carolina were damaged when the September hurricane smashed trees into rooftops and pushed floodwater into living rooms. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Storm-weary Carolinas worry Michael could hurt rebuilding," 9 Oct. 2018 Listen to local authorities, and never drive around barricades or through floodwaters. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Florence dropped so much rain that hog waste is spilling out of lagoons," 18 Sep. 2018 Geographically speaking, southern Louisiana is greatly threatened by climate change impacts from flooding and intensified hurricanes, and the wetlands that the BBP could potentially destroy are vital sponges for floodwaters. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 2018 Luis Gomez rescues baby chicks Friday from floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence in Longs, S.C. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Moody’s Pegs Florence’s Economic Cost at $38 Billion to $50 Billion," 21 Sep. 2018 About 120 rescues have been performed by the National Guard in coordination with HART since Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina on Sept. 14, with a total of 225 people and five animals rescued from dangerous floodwaters. Allie Raffa, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence volunteers suit up for helicopter rescues in ravaged North Carolina," 19 Sep. 2018 The victims include a 1-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost her grip on him while trying to get back to dry land in North Carolina. Chuck Burton, The Seattle Times, "Wilmington Isle: Food, water handouts set in isolated city," 17 Sep. 2018 Television footage showed bridges and cars washed away by raging rivers and floodwaters, with people perched on the roofs of their homes, surrounded by water and awaiting rescue. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "More than 60 dead, many missing as ‘historic’ rains pound Japan," 7 July 2018

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1791, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of floodwater

: the water of a flood


flood·​wa·​ter | \ˈfləd-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

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: the water of a flood

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