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Flood fears remain after Storm Desmond


Storm Desmond: River levels set to peak as rain subsides


    6 December 2015

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                Water levels are expected to peak in Carlisle at 09:15 GMT

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                    Water levels are expected to peak in Carlisle at 09:15 GMT


Flood waters are expected to reach their peak later as Storm Desmond continues to cause severe disruption across northern England and Scotland.

More than 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in parts of Cumbria and the Scottish Borders.

Water levels are expected to peak in Carlisle at 09:15 GMT, and more than 50 severe flood warnings are in place.

There are no trains services running between England and Scotland, and many roads are also closed.

The Environment Agency says about 200 properties have been flooded so far, and military personnel have been brought in to help deal with flooding in Carlisle.

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Rain is now moving towards south-east England, with showers still expected in north west England throughout Sunday.

Met Office red weather warnings have been reduced to yellow across the UK.


In London a 90-year-old man died after it was believed he was blown into the path of a bus near Finchley Central station.


Across Lancashire and large parts of Cumbria more than 60,000 residents are without power, while eight rescue centres have been opened in Cumbria as the emergency services battle against rising flood waters.


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The Environment Agency verified this would be a new UK record.

In other developments:

Adrian Holme, from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, said flooding was "unprecedented" as the River Eden burst its banks in Appleby and water levels were rising close to the top of flood defence barriers in Carlisle and Keswick.

Pete Fox, from the Environment Agency in England, said: "The focus for today is Carlisle and I would ask people to be very vigilant there where we expect flood waters to peak at around nine o'clock."

Around 150 people were rescued overnight by the coastguard after a static residential caravan park was heavily flooded at Eamont Bridge near Penrith.

In Scotland, 600 people were evacuated from their homes in the borders town of Hawick and a train headed for Glasgow was left stranded at Carlisle station with passengers having to sleep on board overnight.


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                    The scene at Kingfisher Park off Warwick Road in Carlisle last night




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                    Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said the county's firefighters dealt with more than 300 calls for help in Lancaster


Sophie Thornton, whose home is flooded in Carlisle, said: "It's absolutely horrible watching the inevitable happen. Basically, the water rose so very quickly that you were just watching it progress towards the house.

"There was nothing we could do. We're now looking at a street which is waist height in water. It's just absolutely horrendous."

In 2010, a £38m flood defence scheme for Carlisle was completed, intended to protect about 3,000 homes and businesses around the city.

John Curtin, executive director of flood management at the Environment Agency said provisional figures from a rain gauge at Honister in the Lake District showed 352mm of rain had fallen in 24 hours.

With the average monthly rainfall in Cumbria being 146.1mm, Storm Desmond has brought more than two months worth of rain in 24 hours to the county.


Media captionVideo from Scotland and Cumbria shows water flooding roads and houses

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who is MP for the Cumbria constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale, was caught in the floods near Kendal.

He said: "It is incredible weather, we've not seen anything like this. And you know, this is Cumbria, we are used to challenging weather. This is beyond anything even I can recall... so many roads are underwater."

Storm Desmond is the fourth storm to be given a name by the public in a project by the Met Office and Met Eireann in Ireland to help raise awareness of severe weather.

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Note: the Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency display their flood alert data differently. While the Environment Agency highlights individual rivers only, in Scotland the entire region is coloured to indicate the level of alert.

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