Tomorrow being announced as very wet, we had a quick look today, and with the help of our bridges engineer, here is an update of the slip and culvert repair works at Laverton.
In the foreground is the start of the ditch which will run at the foot of the embankment, not only to drain the lower edge of it, but to take away the floodwater that runs under the road bridge on which the DMU is standing.
Looking the other way from the mouth of the old drain, you can see the contractors digging the new, deeper ditch up to the next inspection pit, just behind the digger.
Because of some material shortages earlier this week,the contractors have concentrated on this ditch. With the rain forecast for tomorrow, we hope they can get it completed before then. Some water in the foreground has already tested the levels, and it seems to be working.
This is the other, northern end of the new drain, where it empties into the stream that crosses under the embankment in the culvert that is under repair.
Very little work has been possible on the culvert, as the contractor is waiting for the gabions - they have now arrived. Stone with which to fill them is in the background.