Definition of floodwater in US English:


(also floodwaters)


  • Water overflowing as the result of a flood.

    ‘huge areas of land are under floodwater’
    ‘trying to track the rising floodwaters and coordinate relief efforts’
    • ‘A parish council clerk said the council was planning to hold a meeting with the Environment Agency to discuss problems of floodwater backing up drains in the village.’
    • ‘The floodwater has cost an entire harvest for the farmers affected but the floods have also destroyed farming infrastructure and left the soil covered in silt washed down from the surrounding mountains.’
    • ‘In springtime, the tule marshes trapped floodwaters, and for miners and early travelers they were yet another obstacle to movement.’
    • ‘Of particular interest was the fact that Clifton Ings can hold six million cubic metres of floodwater, and when allowed to flood, the river level drops by eight inches.’
    • ‘The floodwater has left his business devastated, with a water mark more than a foot high still visible yesterday lunchtime.’
    • ‘A family from Yorkshire was reunited yesterday, 24 hours after they were separated by floodwaters in the Cornish seaside disaster.’
    • ‘His charming wife Rita, who keeps the Po Valley floodwaters of her husband's conversation from overflowing, plumped for the foie gras and balsamic vinegar salad.’
    • ‘Fallen trees, combined with floodwater, blocked many roads making access to Milnthorpe, Windermere and Ambleside and Hawkshead impossible for brief periods.’
    • ‘He said the land was not suitable for building, being so close to the floodplain, and said the area regularly became waterlogged and that floodwater came up to his house.’
    • ‘The pumping station alongside the Foss Barrier, which pumps water out of the Foss into the Ouse to prevent floodwater backing up the Foss basin, was unable to cope with the extra volume of water and the river rose several feet.’
    • ‘We had blue skies and warm sunshine - along with floodwater lapping the riverbanks, and the coldest winter since 1963 expected.’
    • ‘Every year during the rainy season as the floodwater of the upper Zambezi River valley rises, the Lozi people make a ceremonial move to higher ground.’
    • ‘No sensible person would drink the water; however it is important for people who have been in contact with floodwater to wash their hands and use basic hygiene.’
    • ‘And Katrina could have churned the water in Lake Pontchartrain such that saltier water on the bottom of the lake got into the floodwater.’
    • ‘Whether a camel is stuck in a gluggy saltpan, a vehicle is bogged on a giant sandhill, a party is running out of fuel or water, or guests are marooned on the wrong side of rising floodwaters, Rex can always find a solution.’
    • ‘In the past her home has occasionally had eight inches of floodwater in its garden, but on Sunday night the front of the property had more than 8ft of floodwater and at the rear, which is lower, the water was more than 10 ft.’
    • ‘The store delivers newspapers and magazines to homes and farms in a 20-mile radius and when Elvington was encircled by floodwater in 2000 carried on making its deliveries by boat.’
    • ‘Officers were called out twice in two days to rescue people trapped in deep floodwater on the Staverton-Holt road on Monday, despite warning signs blocking the road.’
    • ‘That rising floodwater also causing flooding in downtown, several feet deep in some areas.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in Wiltshire, flood warnings were in place in Melksham and drivers were disrupted by floodwater in Lacock.’
    • ‘Municipal crews, homeowners and farmers across the Southeast spent an exhausting weekend desperately trying to cope with rapidly rising floodwaters.’
    • ‘Uring had drawn a map of the lower Belize River, indicating the site, which he said was forty-two miles upriver on high banks above the floodwaters.’
    • ‘Every time it rains we get some floodwater in the back garden as there is no proper drainage.’
    • ‘Much of New Orleans is below sea level, so floodwaters will have to be pumped out.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, an environmental health spokeswoman has advised residents to take maximum care when returning home as floodwater is likely to be contaminated.’
    • ‘The reason for the treaty in the first place was to force Mexico to give up the Rio Grande's potential, under the principle that the country with the headwaters gets the floodwaters.’
    • ‘And it's interesting talking with them, you get the sense they've clearly been on this water and in these floodwaters for several days.’
    • ‘The floodwater was more than knee deep and you could not see where you were going much of the time.’
    • ‘Thousands more are still stranded, perching above the waters of the Limpopo in Gaza province and above the floodwaters of the Save river valley in Inhambane province.’
    • ‘Floodplain vegetation is often destroyed by the force of floodwaters or by materials transported by floods.’
    • ‘He was stuck in a drainpipe, chest-deep in the rising floodwaters of Hurricane Floyd.’
    • ‘The floodwaters were overflowing the National Highway 31 at many places.’
    • ‘Experts warned residents to expect more than 10 inches of rain and several feet of floodwater capable of picking up whole vehicles and carrying them away, or over-running millions of homes.’
    • ‘On the Hursley Estate, near Winchester, one man was pumping floodwater out of the field next to his garden to stop it reaching his home.’
    • ‘You'll be glad to know that the story has a happy ending, with only several thousand Londoners drowning horribly in the rising floodwaters as a surge tide invades the capital.’
    • ‘They reduce the impact of ocean waves and absorb floodwaters.’
    • ‘He'd come to regard the rising floodwater as a metaphor for his own life struggles, and now he looked depressed.’
    • ‘She feared the new homes would leave fewer places for floodwater to drain and increase the chances of their homes flooding.’
    • ‘Although floodwaters receded slightly yesterday, authorities were watching rising water levels farther downstream on the Danube, Isar and Inn rivers.’
    • ‘They had relocated to Biloxi, Mississippi, in hopes of avoiding the rising floodwaters.’