An embankment built to prevent a river from flooding.
- The same can happen with a dam, but stopbanks are there for flood control, and can be along a river that has no water in it at all for most of the year.
- A section of the stopbank failed upstream from Edgecumbe on July 18, flooding thousands of hectares.
- The mayor said it was not just the replacement of the bridge that would be welcomed, but also the construction of stopbanks and new bridge approaches.
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