Storm Desmond: More Record-breaking Flash floods, this time its England
Hundreds of people have been made homeless and thousands more left without power by Storm Desmond, which is thought to have broken the rainfall record set in 2009.
46 severe flood warnings remain in place in north-west England, where Cumbria was declared a major incident.
The army has been drafted in to help evacuate people from their homes and rescue those stranded after the river Eden burst its banks at Appleby-in-Westmorland, sweeping away bridges and sinking some properties under a metre of water.
About 350 soldiers were dispatched from the 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment to Carlisle, one of the worst affected towns. A Chinook helicopter and mountain rescue teams were also sent out to assist victims.
11,000 homes in Lancaster have had electricity restored, with 44,000 more expected to have power back by Monday evening.
According to the BBC, provisional figures suggest more than 340mm of rain fell in 24 hours in the Lake District, breaking the record of 316.4mm previously held by Seathwaite, Cumbria, in 2009.
The Mayor of Keswick, Paul Titley, said they were completely overwhelmed and taken by surprise.
"The flood defences were designed for a one in 100-year event and since it's six years since we had the last one, we were sort of surprised that we got one so soon," he said.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who found himself stranded in his constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale, called on David Cameron to release extra funding to repair flood damage in Cumbria.
He said in a statement: “It is heartbreaking to see the impact of flooding once more on local people. My thoughts are with all those whose homes and businesses have been flooded, and those who have been forced to evacuate.
“There is now a major task ahead of us in terms of repairing the damage caused by these floods, and I am calling on the government to support us in this and make additional funds available.
“My thanks go to all the staff and volunteers from the emergency services, local authorities and voluntary organisations, for the hard work they have put in to try and minimise the impact of the floods.”
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