floodway

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

Definition of floodway

: a channel for diverting floodwaters

Examples of floodway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Homeowners whose property is in a Fort Bend County floodway or flood plain may be eligible to receive buyout assistance and will receive priority status. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County, Texas General Land Office join to help those impacted by 2016 flooding events," 29 Aug. 2019 Opening the Bonnet Carré also deposits millions of cubic yards of sediment in the Mississippi River floodway. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Floodwaters Diverted from New Orleans Killed Off Marine Life," 17 Sep. 2019 The 425-acre village off Orange Blossom Trail was built in a floodway along the Shingle Creek Basin. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian prompts mandatory evacuation for Good Samaritan retirement community in Kissimmee," 1 Sep. 2019 The MR&T Project engineering has not yet been pushed to its limit: one of its four floodways has never been used. Boyce Upholt, Time, "The Mississippi River Is Under Control—For Now," 9 May 2019 The site plan review was triggered by San Diego County concerns related to a floodway along the property’s south property line at 2216 Raymond Ave. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Plans underway for 12 new homes, equipment sales business," 11 June 2019 The levees are designed to handle only a portion of this flood; when a trigger point is met, the Corps is authorized to open one of the MR&T’s four floodways, sending the excess water down a different route to the Gulf of Mexico. Boyce Upholt, Time, "The Mississippi River Is Under Control—For Now," 9 May 2019 The controversial Parkwood Plaza shopping center project near Clear Creek is in a floodway - the riskiest part of the flood plain - under the 2007 maps. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Relaxed rules in flood plain help homeowners, but could have consequences later," 14 June 2018 Design review members focused their comments on the project’s landscaping in the floodway. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Plans underway for 12 new homes, equipment sales business," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of floodway

1928, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jan 2020

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“Floodway.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodway. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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