Good to catch up with the team from the Environment Agency who've been working on the Penketh and Whittle Hall flood scheme over the last 12 months.
The £10m project is almost finished and will protect 221 properties from flooding in the Hall Nook area of Penketh. By Spring 2024, the finishing touches to the landscaping around the new relief channel, connecting the tunnel constructed beneath the railway and canal back to the Penketh Brook, will be made.
As well as diverting water into a new tunnel there's also tidal gates to prevent water from the Mersey flowing back into the brook and improvements to the natural habitat along the Trans Trans Pennine Trail which will overlook the site.
A few photos of the scheme from above to show the work being completed and the boring machine used to make the tunnel under the canal.