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A great flowing or overflowing of water, especially over land not usually submerged.

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  • Mar 30, 2010
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Currently experiencing record floods in my city. People being evacuated less than one mile from my home.
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In highly populated areas flooding has no redeeming values.
Somewhere along the line I recall reading about how beneficial a flood can be for the environment.  Major floods are supposed to be a natural event with a purpose.  A flood is nature's way of returning nutrients to the land and revitalizing wetlands adjacent to a river.  Floods distribute rich sediment and refresh streams.  And in the natural course of events allowing rivers and streams to overflow their banks naturally can prevent more serious flooding …
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A flood is an overflow or accumulation of an expanse of water that submerges land.[1] In the sense of "flowing water", the word may also be applied to the inflow of the tide. Flooding may result from the volume of water within a body of water, such as a river or lake, which overflows or breaks levees, with the result that some of the water escapes its usual boundaries.[2] While the size of a lake or other body of water will vary with seasonal changes in precipitation and snow melt, it is not a significant flood unless such escapes of water endanger land areas used by man like a village, city or other inhabited area.

Floods can also occur in rivers, when the strength of the river is so high it flows out of the river channel, particularly at bends or meanders and causes damage to homes and businesses along such rivers. While flood damage can be virtually eliminated by moving away from rivers and other bodies of water, since time out of mind, people have lived and worked by the water to seek sustenance and capitalize on the gains of cheap and easy travel and commerce by being near water. That humans continue to inhabit areas threatened by flood damage is evidence that the perceived value of living near the water exceeds the cost of repeated periodic flooding.

The word "flood" comes from the Old English flod, a word common to Germanic languages (compare German Flut, Dutch vloed from the same root as is seen in flow, float; also compare with Latin fluctus, ...

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