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.
This is the River Alt as it flows under the A59 (Northway) on Maghull’s southern boundary. In the background is the old Cheshire Lines Extension Railway bridge over the Alt which is now used as a footpath.
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:-
A very high Dovers Brook in 2012 next to cottages at Bridges Lane/Sefton Lane Maghull. The brook is the boundary between Maghull and Sefton Civil Parishes.
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:-
This shot, with Sefton Church in the background, is looking south down the River Alt (it flows north) towards Bridges Lane. Dovers Brook joins at this point on the left of the photo. St Helen’s Gutter joins on the right but you can’t see it due to tall bunds.
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.
Displayed information at Lydiate Village Centre event on 31st January
The Maghull area flooding pressure points
This event, which was being led by the Environment Agency, seemed to have had very little publicity for some odd reason. Certainly I do not recall reading much if anything about it in the local press.
It ran from 2pm until 7pm on 31st January and was in effect a drop-in style event where anyone could wander into the Village Centre on Lydiate’s Lambshear Lane to have a chat with the experts on hand and look at the display boards.
I pointed out to the Environment Agency staff whom I spoke to that the big issue to the west of Maghull is the confluence of the River Alt, St Helen’s Gutter and Dover’s Brook just north of Sefton Bridges Lane and Meadows Recycling Centre. See photo below for a shot of what happens when the River Alt can’t take the water from Dover’s Brook (because the water level in the Alt is too high) and the water in Brook ‘over tops’.
Not that we need reminding how bad flooding can be on the western side of Maghull – This is Bridges Lane and the truck is travelling east towards Dover’s Brook bridge having just crossed the bridge over the Alt
I hope I got the message over clearly!