A flood is a form of punishment. When a player spams in-game, they will receive a flood. In the older days of Habbo, floods lasted 30 seconds. After the 2007 update, the "flood time" was dramatically increased to 300 seconds (the equivalent of 5 minutes), which was highly criticised. When New Habbo came in, the flood time was lowered back to 30 seconds. Floods are different than mutes; floods last 30 seconds, while mutes are 30 minutes long.