All was going well through December and over Christmas but we, and the contractors Killingley, had not allowed for Storm Christoph. Killingley had managed to dig out and line about 3/4 of the Derby Road section before disaster hit. The amount of water that came off the fields and down the 2 brooks at Hopwell Road and halfway along the canal, overpowered everything. The site was completely flooded with the possibility of it overflowing onto the railway. As Network Rail are sponsoring this work, on the canal we did not want to cause further problems, so the end bund that had been constructed to keep the water in was broken to allow the water to flow under Derby Road bridge and into the Derwent.