Definition of stopbank in US English:



  • An embankment built to prevent a river from flooding.

    • ‘The devastation that we have seen in the lower North Island, and recently in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, would suggest that stopbanks are important in the protection of people, property, local communities, and infrastructure.’
    • ‘What assurances can the Minister give that Government support will be forthcoming for the rebuilding of the pivotal stopbanks that protect not only the farming community but also the people of the townships of Edgecumbe and Whakatane?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A section of the stopbank failed upstream from Edgecumbe on July 18, flooding thousands of hectares.’
    • ‘As river channels continue to clog up, the cost of raising stopbanks will be huge, and I fear New Zealand will end up like Holland, where the water always runs above houses.’
    • ‘The environment spokesman said no further damage or breaches in stopbanks had been reported.’
    • ‘There was a serious breach in the stopbanks that resulted in the flooding of huge areas of farmland.’
    • ‘It has made new controlled cuts through stopbanks and is using dozens of pumps and to get rid of floodwater from the Rangitaiki Plains as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘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.’