flood·​way | \ ˈfləd-ˌwā How to pronounce floodway (audio) \

Definition of floodway

: a channel for diverting floodwaters

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Others want to fund different projects - putting the first floodways on the upper Mississippi or expanding locks or undertaking a total rethinking of how the river is managed. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Taming the mighty Mississippi: Troubles run deep in changing national waterway," 17 Mar. 2018 But the cumulative effect of building multiple projects in the floodway can be significant, Zeve said. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Relaxed rules in flood plain help homeowners, but could have consequences later," 14 June 2018 At the same time, the change allowed preparations for a shopping center to be built in a floodway. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Relaxed rules in flood plain help homeowners, but could have consequences later," 14 June 2018 Why would a project like this be allowed in a floodway? Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "After Hurricane Harvey, Friendswood residents shocked by plan to build shopping center in floodway," 1 June 2018 The spillway, located in St. Charles Parish, includes a nearly 6-mile floodway that is used to divert a portion of the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain and away from New Orleans. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "All Bonnet Carre Spillway bays will close Friday, Mississippi River still 'elevated'," 30 Mar. 2018 The floodway is a natural 5.7-mile course between guide levees to Lake Pontchartrain. Littice Bacon-blood, NOLA.com, "10 things to know about the Bonnet Carre Spillway before it's opened Thursday," 7 Mar. 2018 The researchers will deploy remote receivers in the floodway and at the entrance to Lake Pontchartrain to monitor the movements of both fish species. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Spillway opening and BP's spill in this week's coastal news roundup," 9 Mar. 2018 Here’s a heat map of the areas where the most homes have been added in these flood-prone areas, combining the risky floodway, the slightly less risky 100-year floodplain, and the less risky 500-year floodplain. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "See where homes have been built in Houston's floodplains," 27 Mar. 2018

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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