Storm Desmond: Rescues, floods and major disruption

  • 7 December 2015
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Image caption The fourth storm of the winter strong enough to be named by the Met Office, Storm Desmond has left a trail of chaos in its wake

Storm Desmond, which has hit parts of northern England and Scotland, has caused huge damage.

Schools and hospital services have been closed in parts of northern England as emergency services continue try to make people safe.

Here is a selection of pictures capturing what happened as more than 1,000 people were evacuated, tens of thousands left without power and streets left underwater.

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Image caption Widespread flooding has meant the Army has been called in to help those affected
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Image caption The city of Carlisle was one of the worst hit places. Rescue teams have helped evacuate many people from their flooded homes
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Image caption Evacuations continued in Carlisle into the afternoon. Around 350 army members have been drafted in and West Midlands Fire Service has sent teams and specialist equipment
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Image caption People in the area had shown "incredible community spirit", floods minister Rory Stewart told the BBC
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Image caption A major incident was declared in Cumbria, where eight rescue centres are providing accommodation for those forced to leave their homes
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Image caption Provisional figures suggest 352mm of rain fell in 24 hours in the Lake District - which would be a new British record if verified, the Environment Agency said
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Image caption Carlisle was flooded in 2005 and 2009, and now again, this was the view from above
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Image caption More than 55,000 homes and buildings have no power
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Image caption Roads and traffic have been disrupted as high-sided vehicles were hit by high winds and roads closed due to flooding
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Image caption Storm Desmond was also felt further south. People watched waves close to the harbour wall at Porthcawl, south Wales, as the bad weather hit

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