(when rivers overflow)
→ Many people were killed in the floods.
The rain has caused many floods. La pluie a provoqué de nombreuses inondations.
[river] en crue
[+words, letters] flot m , torrent m
He received a flood of letters. Il a reçu un flot de lettres.
to be in floods of tears pleurer à chaudes larmes
→ I'd find it so hard to talk about, I'd be in floods of tears
→ by Wednesday night we were all in floods of tears
→ The dam collapsed, flooding an area of five thousand square miles.
→ The Chicago River flooded the city's underground tunnel system
The river has flooded the village. La rivière a inondé le village.
to be flooded être inondé (e)
→ The rice fields were flooded.
to flood the market inonder le marché
→ German cameras at knock-down prices flooded the British market
→ Brokers expect the markets to be flooded with the shares
(=fill with water) être inondé (e)
→ When we took the plug out the kitchen flooded.
[river] être en crue → That February the river flooded
n crue f subite
(=arrive in large numbers)
[letters, requests] affluer
(=arrive in) affluer dans
→ More and more people were flooding into the cities.
→ Calls for assistance flooded into the emergency services
[crowd] s'en aller (en masse)
→ young people are flooding out.
flood out of
[+country, building] quitter
→ ... the refugees flooding out of Bosnia
n dommages mpl dus aux crues, dégâts mpl des eaux
→ Does your insurance policy cover you for flood damage?
flood defences (British)
n ouvrages mpl anticrues, ouvrages mpl de protection contre les eaux
→ New flood defences have significantly reduced the risk of flooding in the area.
flood plain , floodplain
n zone f inondable