flood·​way ˈfləd-ˌwā How to pronounce floodway (audio)
: a channel for diverting floodwaters

Examples of floodway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the torrents were guided east through a much broader floodway to the Dongdian flood storage zone near Bazhou, where villages were inundated. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 18 Aug. 2023 The floodway leading to Dongdian can contain ten times the water of the canal linking the Baigou River to Baiyangdian, and serves as the main flood relief channel for the Baigou River. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 18 Aug. 2023 Residents have cited concerns with the development, such as potential overcrowding of schools, increased traffic and building on the floodway adjacent to the property. Jason Fontelieu, Baltimore Sun, 10 Aug. 2023 Critics assailed the organization’s single-minded focus on levees as a form of flood control rather than a more holistic mix that included additional measures like floodways and channel clearings. Geoff Dembicki, The New Republic, 2 Aug. 2023 The budget also includes nearly $30 million for a variety of Atchafalaya floodway projects, including completion of the $80 million replacement Charenton floodgate, wa dangerous low spot along the West Atchafalaya Basin protection levee that is adjacent to the town of Charenton in St. Mary Parish. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 22 Jan. 2021 Earlier this year, the U.S. Corp of Engineers and the city of Dallas announced work on a $223 million project to improve the city’s floodway along the Trinity River. Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2022 The warehouse will be built where Buck Creek flows southward just east of a known floodway. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Sep. 2022 In early June, the Corps of Engineers and the city of Dallas broke ground on a $223 million project to improve the Trinity River floodway. Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of floodway was in 1928

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“Floodway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodway. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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