in flood


of a river, lake, etc.
: close to overflowing its banks and flooding the land next to it
After a week of rain, the river is in (full) flood.

Note: The phrase in full flood is sometimes used figuratively to describe the time when something is most active, successful, etc.

a political movement that was in full flood in the 1980s

Examples of in flood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As expensive solutions accumulate, Miller, who is an engineer specializing in flood control, said Louisiana and other Mississippi River states have been conditioned to deal with flooding — less so with what happens when there is not enough water. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 1 Oct. 2023 The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Aug. 2 that eight provinces, including Hebei, would receive 432 million yuan ($60 million) in flood relief funds to support agricultural output. Dawn Liu, NBC News, 8 Aug. 2023 Residents watch as workers attempt to clear a drain in flood waters, Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. CBS News, 30 Sep. 2023 In addition, scores of people have been living under tarps on the streets and in canals in flood zones, including migrants who arrive daily from various parts of the world. NBC News, 18 Aug. 2023 The construction in flood plains, in turn, harms natural floodplain functions and destroys the habitat of threatened and endangered species, including 15 salmon species and salmon-dependent orcas, the suit says. Gwozniac, oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2023 Some places in the US have experienced an increase in flood frequency in recent decades, while others have experienced no change or even a decrease. Sarah Raza,, 12 Sep. 2023 Newer building codes require homes to be built higher off the ground to prevent damage in flood events, according to the mayor. Minnah Arshad, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 Enrollment in flood insurance has seen a steady uptick every month since October 2022, according to the latest FEMA data. Eva Rothenberg, CNN, 29 Aug. 2023 See More

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“In flood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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