flood·​wa·​ter | \ ˈfləd-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce floodwater (audio) , -ˌwä-\

Definition of floodwater

: the water of a flood

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The main ruptured about 2 miles away from downtown Ellicott City, where the historic main street was ravaged by floodwaters for the second time in less than two years. CBS News, "Maryland officials issue health alert after sewage main breaks in Ellicott City," 29 May 2018 With Ellicott City ravaged by floodwaters for the second time in since 2016, relief efforts are already underway for those businesses and residents affected. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Ellicott City flooding: How you can help," 28 May 2018 Almost 26 cubic kilometers of floodwater was temporarily stored on land, evaporating (or transpiring through plant leaves) much more slowly at about one cubic kilometer per day. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "GPS tracked the land sink under the weight of Hurricane Harvey’s rain," 20 Sep. 2018 As Harvey's floodwaters receded, firefighters excoriated city leaders for ignoring warnings about the need for better equipment and training after the Memorial Day flood of 2015 and the 2016 Tax Day floods. St. John Barned-smith, Houston Chronicle, "Houston votes to spend $2 million on new rescue boats, highwater rescue vehicles, for fire dept.," 28 Feb. 2018 Sean Rayford/Getty Images The floodwaters are finally starting to recede from Hurricane Florence, a storm that dumped upward of 35 inches of rain in places and more than 10 trillion gallons across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Hurricane Florence caused up to $22 billion in damages. Climate change made the storm worse.," 3 Oct. 2018 The floodwater there had already taken out one building and was creeping into the family’s home as the team escorted them out. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "After Florence, Rescue Team Gets a Glimmer of Sun, and Thanks," 18 Sep. 2018 The new research holds that, instead, the floodwater exited through the Mackenzie River, which stretches across today’s Northwest Territories, emptying straight into the Arctic Ocean. Christopher Mooney, BostonGlobe.com, "Scientists may have solved a huge riddle that led to more than 1,000 years of cold on Earth. It doesn’t bode well," 12 July 2018 The death toll in the country is the highest from a flood in more than three decades, the BBC reported, and the floodwaters have forced more than 2 million people from their homes. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Japan reeling from worst flood in decades: ‘We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before’," 10 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 How to pronounce floodwater (audio) , -ˌwä-\

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: the water of a flood

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