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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 11th October, 2012)

Flood alleviation scheme


Flood alleviation scheme
Here's a collage of the Flood alleviation scheme taken at the end of September in the rain. Top left Wigan side of the dam, top right Haigh side, bottom left the lake filling in, bottom right the flooded steps down to the small wooden bridge over the Yellow Brook (under water).

Photo: Harry Cunliffe  (Panasonic DMC-FZ38)
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Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 11th October 2012 at 02:44

Harry, to someone like me, who doesn`t know where this dam is, your info doesn`t help. I take it, from the Yellow Brook you mention, that it`s the river Douglas which is dammed? How far from Central Park is this wooden bridge on bottom right photo?

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 11th October 2012 at 08:46

Well it looks like just a lot of water to me!!! And yes it would be better with a biit more info as I don't know where it is either. For some godforsaken reason Adelaide has had it's fair share of rain this winter and we have had a lot of pictures like these in our newspapers!!! Cheers

Comment by: Harry C. on 11th October 2012 at 09:14

Sorry I should have put more info I wrongly assumed that people would have seen my earlier photos of the dam under construction. 25/3/2010 8/1/2011 20/10/2011. Yes Ernest it is the River Douglas, the dam is in the valley at the bottom of Coppull Lane off Wigan Lane on one side and the bottom end of Moore Street on the other side I think it's called Mulligans Brew?

Comment by: Mick on 11th October 2012 at 10:16

Somebody should have made a video of these high waters it would have show it better than 4 stills.

Comment by: Ron D on 11th October 2012 at 10:18

Well illustrated.

Comment by: David Barker on 11th October 2012 at 11:24

There is a video on you tube Mick just type in Douglas river,good selection Harry.

Comment by: Fred C. on 11th October 2012 at 11:31

Well I'm in Africa and I Know exactly where these where taken,I remember the area well.Nice photos Harry.

Comment by: John D on 11th October 2012 at 11:58

We knew it as Mollonies Brow.
Coming down from Bottling Wood Estate in Bradshaw Street.

Comment by: Harry C. on 11th October 2012 at 12:27

Thanks for the correction John D that's why I put a question mark.

Comment by: Ron D on 11th October 2012 at 16:44

As children when we went to play over there in the whet boggy ground .I am pretty sure it was called Dick Leathers.

Comment by: Jim Latham on 11th October 2012 at 17:01

The dam is designed to hold up to 370,000 cubic metres of water on the Haigh side of the construction. It looks a simple piece of kit, but actually its quite a specialised piece of Hydraulic Engineering. It's one of the biggest Hydrabrake Systems in the country. "A" level physics would be an advantage here. Another big one is on the River Cart near Glasgow.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 11th October 2012 at 20:49

Thanks Harry, I`ve looked at your previous photo`s and also Mick`s video (including his bike!) on :-
http://youtu.be/e_aagzAODYk
Mick re your comment at 10:16, what about you making it?
Harry, you mention a statue on photo 20/10/2010, has this been done?

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 11th October 2012 at 21:44

Correction to the last sentence in comment at 20:49 - photo is on 20/10/2011.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 11th October 2012 at 22:11

Just been on Google Earth and this flood sheme is on, so can clearly see where it is.

Comment by: Harry C. on 12th October 2012 at 08:33

Ron we knew part of the area as the whiteheads, also to the right of the bottom left photo was known as the little jungle. Ernest if you look at the top right corner of the top right photo you can see the plinth where the statue is going to be, or so I was told. also regarding your first comment Central Park, now Tesco, is about a mile from the little bridge.

Thanks all for your comments. H.

Comment by: Terry on 12th October 2012 at 13:45

I used to play over there in the 1950's and 60's and the Haigh side of the dam was known as "The Scrogs".

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