The floodwaters receded, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Meaning: The floodwaters moved back, leaving behind a path of damage.

Choice of Words: Receded means to move back or withdraw. Floodwaters are the waters that overflow a river or other body of water and flood an area. Leaving means to go away from a place or person. Destruction is the act of causing something to be ruined or damaged.

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