I got a call last week from the Champion newspaper asking me what I thought about about news that the Environment Agency (I assume) would be investing money to try to help with this problem.
It seems that investment in Hey Cop Pumping Station, Lower Carr Lane, Great Altcar is to take place and a small sum is also to be invested in some additional work to assist around the Fouracres area of Maghull where very bad flooding hit the community in 2012.
Below is a shot of Whinney Brook where it flows under Ormonde Drive in Maghull:-
Whinney brook flows east to west across Maghull and joins Dovers Brook close to Fouracres. This shot was taken on 9th February 2014 after days to rain had hit Maghull and district.
In turn Dovers Brook (flowing northwards) joins the river Alt north of Bridges Lane. See photo below:-
The confluence of Dovers Brook with the River Alt (and indeed another stream called St Helen’s Gutter) is about half a mile north of this point:-
Any investment is of course welcome in our local drainage system. However, I still worry that when we encounter the amount of rainfall that we had in 2012 or what the Somerset Levels and western/southern areas of England and Wales are presently suffering from then our flood defences would not be adequate.