Disaster Thousands displaced in England after floods

Power at about 55,000 homes could be off for "days" following flooding at an electricity substation in Lancaster.

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Tens of thousands of homes are without power after Storm Desmond caused severe flooding and travel disruption across northern England and parts of Scotland.

Power at about 55,000 homes could be off for "days" following flooding at an electricity substation in Lancaster.

The Army has been evacuating homes in Cumbria and nearly 50 severe flood warnings remain in place.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the government was doing all it can to help people and prevent further damage.

Mr Cameron will chair a meeting of the Cobra contingencies committee on Monday to co-ordinate the emergency response.

"I would like to pay a huge tribute to all those emergency workers and troops who have worked tirelessly to respond to this weekend's events," he said.

"There has been a tremendous response from local communities too, with people taking in families affected by the flooding."

Provisional figures suggest more than 340mm of rain fell in 24 hours in the Lake District. The current record is 316.4mm of rain over the same time period at Seathwaite, Cumbria, in 2009.

 

In Cumbria, where a major incident was declared, emergency crews used boats to carry people to safety and eight rescue centres are open for those forced to leave their homes.

Rescue teams from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution evacuated homes in Carlisle, helping around 200 people.

In other developments:

Search teams are trying to find an elderly man thought to have fallen into flood water in Kendal

Nearly 50 severe flood warnings - indicating risk to life - remain in place in northern England, as well as more than 30 flood warnings

Electricity has been restored to 11,000 homes in Lancaster by a generator with 44,000 more expected to be restored by Monday evening

In Scotland about 40 flood warnings and alerts are in place, and some main roads are closed due to landslides and flooding

About 70 households are still without power in north Wales, after 700 lost power on Saturday

There are no trains running between England and Scotland via Preston, while road restrictions are in place on the A66 and other routes

Two hospitals - Cumberland Infirmary and Royal Lancaster Infirmary - are being powered by back-up generators, resulting in non-emergency operations and clinics being cancelled on Monday

Pooley Bridge in Ullswater, and the Fitz Footbridge, in Keswick, have both collapsed. It follows the collapse of another bridge near the village of Braithwaite, on Saturday

Footballers from Carlisle United have offered to help people in the city affected by flooding.

Source: BBC

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