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Summary

  1. Police searching for a missing man find a body in the River Kent near Kendal, in Cumbria
  2. Met Office confirms record rainfall fell on Cumbria in 24 hours - 341.4mm
  3. As many as 5,000 homes in Northern England and southern Scotland flooded
  4. Power has been lost to 42,000 properties in the Lancaster area and more than 1,400 in Cumbria are also without power
  5. Schools closed and hospital services cancelled. Road and rail travel also disrupted
  6. David Cameron has visited the flood-hit region and has chaired an emergency Cobra meeting

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Recap of Monday's events

Day three of flooding aftermath

  • Police searching for a missing man recover a body in the River Kent near Kendal, in Cumbria
  • A man from Northern Ireland was swept away after his car got stuck in flood water in County Monaghan
  • Met Office confirms record-breaking amounts of rain fell in Cumbria, the worst-hit county
  • Emergency services continue to evacuate people from their flooded homes
  • Many roads remain closed and the West Coast Mainline rail route to Scotland was suspended 
  • Around 40 schools were closed in Cumbria and appointments and routine business across NHS hospitals and services were cancelled
  • The Environment Agency estimates 5,200 homes have been affected by flooding in Cumbria and Lancaster
  • A total of 1,450 properties remain without power in Cumbria
  • A fresh loss of power supply to 42,000 homes and businesses in Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth took place at 16:00 GMT due to "unforeseen flood damage" at a substation in Lancaster
  • Prime Minister David Cameron visited the worst-hit areas and said the flood defences "were not enough"
  • He said the government would fully reimburse councils for the costs of dealing with flooding, and ministers would review all flood defence plans 

Power back on for some in Cumbria

Electricity North West says its engineers have restored power to a further 1,200 customers in Cumbria, although more than 1,450 - the vast majority of them in Carlisle - remain without.

The company said engineers were still trying to access substations across Cumbria  - in some cases by boat - to restore power to the remaining customers.

Storm names

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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Update on power cuts

There were fresh power cuts on Monday afternoon, affecting 42,000 properties across Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham and Carnforth.

In a statement on Monday night, Electricity North West said 19,000 homes in Lancaster were being supplied by generators and plans were in place to begin restoring supply from 08:00 GMT on Tuesday 8 December.

Flood fatality in Republic of Ireland

A 70-year-old man from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland has died after his car got trapped in flood water. He has been named as Ivan Vaughan from the village of Caledon.

Irish police say his body was found a short distance away from his car on Monday morning on a cross-border road in County Monaghan.

Plan your journey

Problems expected on Tuesday:

Flood warnings in Scotland

While much of the attention is focused on Cumbria, there are still warnings in place in Scotland:

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Latest weather

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Info centre wrecked

BBC's Danny Savage shares this information:

'Kindness is keeping Cumbria afloat'

The BBC's Lauren Potts has been finding out how complete strangers have been lending a hand and offering support.

Pets rescued by boat

BBC North of England correspondent tweets...

It's not often we get a chinchilla into a news report but we've seen all sorts of pets in boats ...
It's not often we get a chinchilla into a news report but we've seen all sorts of pets in boats ...

It's not often we get a chinchilla into a news report but we've seen all sorts of pets in boats ...

Shop owners in Cumbria speak of devastation after floods

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Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria
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Shop owners in Appleby-in-Westmorland - the first town to be affected by the floods at the weekend - have been speaking of their devastation.

Catherine Hoggins was among them. She had only opened Appleby Barber Shop in Bridge Street last Monday - having relocated from the market arcade, which has escaped much of the damage. 

What can you say? Self employed, three kids, single mum, three weeks before Christmas, what do you do?

For me personally it's devastating. You have got to crack on, haven't you? I'm devastated more for my kids because there is no money coming in.

Jackie Kilpatrick, 58, who runs interior furnishings firm Jak & Co - a new business venture which has only been open four weeks - said many businesses would not be reopening until February. 

I'm devastated. Everybody has been affected but I will say there has been an amazing community spirit.

Everybody all day long has pulled together. We have gone from shop to shop, there has been a lot of people who have helped.

Animation of weekend rainfall released by the Met Office

The Met Office has released an animation showing how the rainfall affected the UK over the weekend - the bright colours show where Storm Desmond hit. 

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Desmond v Diddu

Storm heading towards Iceland

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BBC weatherman Simon King has posted this dramatic image of a storm heading towards the south of Iceland.

And do Icelanders name their storms like we do? It seems the answer is yes... 

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Corbyn accuses the government of failing to deliver on its promises on flood defences

Jeremy Corbyn
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - speaking at the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy meeting in Paris - has accused the government of failing to deliver on its promises when it comes to dealing with flooding. 

Last year, the prime minister of Britain promised that 'money is no object' in dealing with flooding, itself a consequence of the destruction of our environment.

But this has proved to be yet another false promise. In the last parliament, the government slashed spending on flood defences before the 2014 winter floods.

The government has failed to deliver on their promises. They have abandoned the consensus on flood investment built by the Labour party after the 2007 floods - and are failing the British people because of their obsession with austerity.

Churches stand with those affected by Storm Desmond

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Pictures: Carlisle United's flooded stadium

Carlisle United's flooded ground
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Carlisle United's Brunton Park stadium
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Carlisle United's flooded ground
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The pitch is under water at Carlisle United's Brunton Park stadium - with flood water also covering some of the stands. 

Power cut update from Electricity North West

Electricity North West tweets...

UK storm names explained

The storm names for this winter were released earlier this year after being chosen by members of the public - here's a reminder of why storms are named, and which other monikers have been selected. 

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Work carries on as darkness falls

Emergency services workers in Carlisle
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Even as light faded, emergency services teams were continuing to rescue residents in Carlisle, where many will face another night away from their own homes.