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

Definition of floodwater

: the water of a flood

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Moccasin Creek overtopped a concrete diversion barrier upstream, sending floodwater, mud, trees and logs pouring into the reservoir. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Moccasin Dam, which came close to failure last year, is repaired and working," 10 June 2019 Mopping up floods Cities are increasingly being inundated with floodwaters, and city planners think parks can help with this issue too. National Geographic, "As the climate crisis worsens, cities turn to parks," 21 May 2019 The carcasses of six cars were piled up side-by-side, pushed together by floodwater and rammed into a building. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "‘Child of Krakatau’ Brings Death to Hundreds in Indonesian Tsunami," 24 Dec. 2018 Various Mexican media outlets reported that a woman was swept away by floodwaters and drowned in the city of Caborca, Sonora, on the Sea of Cortez. Terry Tang, The Seattle Times, "Tropical Storm Rosa heads for Baja, US Southwest," 1 Oct. 2018 By midday Monday, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality reported two waste lagoons that had been breached, seven where heavy rain caused spillage over the top, and four that were inundated with floodwaters. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Florence Pushes Some North Carolina Dams to the Brink," 17 Sep. 2018 At the Trolley Stop Inn restaurant in Bethel Park, customers stood on tables to avoid floodwaters. CBS News, "Heavy rains spur flooding, havoc in western Pennsylvania," 21 June 2018 Levees are permanent earthen barriers designed to protect low areas from rising floodwaters. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Mississippi River Neighbors Battle Over Levee Heights," 3 Jan. 2019 Heavy rains struck the area and parts of their path back to the cave entrance became swollen with floodwaters. Editors, USA TODAY, "Thai cave rescue operation underway to recover remaining boys, coach: What we know now," 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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