Flood way

floodway

[fluhd-wey]
noun
the channel and adjacent shore areas under water during a flood, especially as determined for a flood of a given height.

Origin:
1885–90; flood + way

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floodway   (flŭd'wā')  Pronunciation Key 
A channel for an overflow of water caused by flooding.
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