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 Just beyond the levees, two overlook parks sit above each side of the floodway. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "You thought it would never happen: With a new boss, Dallas’ Trinity park aims to break ground next year," 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, "Corps OKs money to finish deepening of Mississippi River channel to allow 'Panamax' ships," 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, "Gov. John Bel Edwards creates new Atchafalaya River Basin task force to sort through conflicts," 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, "'Pearl' of the community supports county, task force for flood mitigation," 10 Oct. 2020 In the floodway, not flood plain, was a new home being erected by a builder. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Frustrated Cypress Creek group asks county for two solutions to flooding," 19 Sep. 2020 Adamek also asked about trees that had been cut and left in the floodway without proper disposal. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Five HOAs join fight for Cypress Creek flood remediation," 12 Sep. 2020 Sarah Standifer, Dallas Water Utilities’ assistant director of stormwater operations, said portable toilets and dumpsters are often snagged in the supports that act as a sieve across the length of the floodway. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Why a century’s worth of Dallas’ history will soon be destroyed between the Trinity River levees," 31 Jan. 2020 That's because federal rules apply in certain floodways. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Lawmakers approve bill to end state regulation of certain wetlands," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of floodway

1928, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2021

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“Floodway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floodway. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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