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 The Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana is a floodway that protects the entire South from rising water levels. Spencer George, Longreads, 28 Apr. 2022 Preservation of the floodway mitigates the risk of Mississippi river floods, one of which left half a million people homeless in 1927. Mekedas Belayneh, The New Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 The property is currently zoned as single-family residential district, flood fringe and floodway. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Mar. 2022 Poplar Creek’s floodway and floodplain in Elgin has expanded so significantly that city officials are researching ways to curb future flooding and warning that property owners may need to buy flood insurance, officials said. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, 2 Nov. 2021 Just beyond the levees, two overlook parks sit above each side of the floodway. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 2 Feb. 2021 That could result in the river's main flow shifting to the Atchafalaya floodway from its present course past Baton Rouge and New Orleans, a potentially catastrophic outcome. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 22 Jan. 2021 Corps officials announced that the floodway would be opened again in early 2019, but then decided against it when the Mississippi’s height dropped slightly. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, 14 Dec. 2020 In a previous meeting, Cobb said they were told the county is spending $100 million purchasing parcels of land along Cypress Creek for detention and floodway projects. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of floodway

1928, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2022

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“Floodway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodway. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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