Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A channel for an overflow of water caused by flooding.

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  • noun An engineered path to channel floodwaters away from areas to be protected

Etymologies

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flood +‎ way

Examples

  • The Corps' breaching of the levee activated the floodway, which is diverting water for 35 miles before returning it to the Mississippi at New Madrid, Mo.

    Hopes Rise as Rivers Fall

  • The floodway is a mix of public and private lands with easements giving the government the right to let water pass through.

    Heavy Rains Keep Levee-Blast Plans on Track

  • So the provincial and federal governments got together and built the floodway, which is basically a giant ditch around the city.

    A Strategy for Coping with Natural Disasters

  • The floodway is a system that gives the corps a chance to manage flooding in a controlled way, causing damage to a specific area.

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  • The crest is expected Saturday. called the floodway that diverts excess water around the city. rural residents voluntarily left their homes to avoid being

    Scientific American

  • The crest is expected Saturday. called the floodway that diverts excess water around the city. rural residents voluntarily left their homes to avoid being

    Scientific American

  • The crest is expected Saturday. called the floodway that diverts excess water around the city. rural residents voluntarily left their homes to avoid being

    Scientific American

  • In Missouri, the corps blew up a levee to send some of the river water into a floodway at Birds Point-New Madrid; it also opened the Morganza and Bonnet Carrie spillways in Louisiana.

    Mississippi flooding may have spread invasive fish

  • In Missouri, the corps blew up a levee to send some of the river water into a floodway at Birds Point-New Madrid; it also opened the Morganza and Bonnet Carrie spillways in Louisiana.

    Mississippi flooding may have spread invasive fish

  • Major Gen. Michael Walsh, president of the Mississippi River Commission and a top officer with the Corps, has said he can't be sure whether he will activate the floodway to reduce pressure on levees and protect surrounding towns amid expected record flooding at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

    Missouri Fights Levee Ruling

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