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 Photo-a-Day      (Thursday, 20th October, 2011) Views: 2,878 
Nearing completion
 Nearing completion   by Harry Cunliffe  (Panasonic DMC-FZ38)
The Flood Alleviation Scheme on the River Douglas. Top left, the finished dam, top right, view of the outlet from Wigan side, bottom left, view towards Haigh Plantations from the top of dam, bottom right, steps leading to Bradshaw Street. It should look quite impressive when the landscaping is completed.

Comment by Mick on 20th October 2011 at 00:02
It looks brilliant cant wait to see it flooded.


Comment by Gerald Pilkington Canada on 20th October 2011 at 00:13
Bet the salmon cant wait. Good job Wigan people.


Comment by alan on 20th October 2011 at 02:17
Well photographed and presented. I would never have believed that was in Wigan if it was not labelled.
Good on you, Harry.


Comment by Ron D on 20th October 2011 at 08:20
Nice presentation Harry.


Comment by Rev David Long on 20th October 2011 at 08:33
I took a stroll round there on Tuesday with someone who lives nearby. From what I could see work has finished - they're just waiting for the grass to grow now.
Evidently the steel posts are to stop uprooted trees floating against the grills, which are there to stop smaller debris blocking the static valves in the structure. I would imagine that the grills would need clearing on a regular basis to allow the flow to run smoothly, and I was surprised that there is no mechanism to do this automatically.
In really heavy rains the waters will bank up the valley, and flood quite a wide area of the Plantations.


Comment by Bren on 20th October 2011 at 08:35
Nice job ...apart from the horrible rusty poles, they're an eyesore ! ! If they have to be there, they should plant some type of climbing plant around them.


Comment by Mick on 20th October 2011 at 08:42
Rev David said I would imagine that the grills would need clearing on a regular basis to allow the flow to run.

The grill are part blocked already when I videoed it last week.

http://youtu.be/e_aagzAODYk


Comment by Fred Cunliffe on 20th October 2011 at 09:19
I remember the area from my childhood,we used to catch some nice newts near there.very nice presentation.


Comment by Trixie on 20th October 2011 at 09:34
Thanks very much for such lovely shots.great.It's good to keep in touch when i have moved away.


Comment by Harry C. on 20th October 2011 at 16:59
Thanks all for your comments, there will be statue on the round plinth shown on the right hand side of the top left photo,and the slopes are to be planted with trees to combat soil erosion. H.


Comment by aitch on 20th October 2011 at 20:38
any one taking bets on when the first tesco trolley will reside in there


Comment by Fred Mason on 20th October 2011 at 22:00
Very nice photos, Harry, for someone like me who resides far away.

Question is: Will Nessie be able to traverse this course?


Comment by Incy Wincy on 21st October 2011 at 18:32
Dam good shot!


Comment by Dave Roscoe on 21st October 2011 at 21:11
Thanks Harry. I was wondering about this just the other day. Last time I was there was about 10years agon when visiting my Mum and Dad on Walnut Ave.
Great to be able to keep up with the goings on despite being 3500miles away.


Comment by Bren on 23rd October 2011 at 13:16
Hello Dave ! Big changes around here since your last visit. Your mum and dad are still in my thoughts. They were very good neighbours.


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