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 Residents remain on the brink as rivers across Carlisle remained extremely high today as rain continued to fall across the Cumbria region

Residents remain on the brink as rivers across Carlisle remained extremely high today as rain continued to fall across the Cumbria region

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Base data

EDIS Number FL-20151211-51208-GBR
Event type Flood
Date/Time December 11 2015 04:38 AM (UTC)
Last update December 11 2015 04:42 AM (UTC)
Cause of event
Damage level High Damage level

Geographic information

Continent Europe
Country United Kingdom
County / State England
Area Cumbria Region
Settlement Glenridding
Coordinate 54° 32.690,2° 56.986

 

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The village of Glenridding, which had been cut off since Sunday, was hit with a deluge of water after the river burst its banks. A “multi-agency” response, which includes the military and fire services, got under way last night amid concerns that the latest flooding may endanger lives. “Although the flood water is starting to recede, it is still extremely unsafe and would ask any members of the public not to walk or travel through any flood water”. “Cumbria police would like to urge the people of Glenridding to stay inside their properties to keep themselves and their families safe”, police said. The Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015 is created to assist any individuals or families who suffer financial hardship as a result of the flooding caused by Storm Desmond. The military has been called in to the village to help deliver food and water. Mark Williamson, operations director for Electricity North West, said: “We have now restored power to the vast majority of homes in Cumbria”. Local farmer Joe Taylforth said he witnessed “folk holding hands” as they attempted to get out of their flood-ridden homes and businesses adjacent to the river. “This community is strong and will pull together again to make sure everything returns to normal as quickly as possible”. Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “It is hard to assess the scale of the need, but we know that the flooding will cause significant financial hardship and emotional distress”. John Bibby, 36, feared he would not be able to get wife Katharine to hospital because the Backbarrow bridge was destroyed and the only other road was under 3ft of water. The video shows the hugely swollen River Eamont rushing past the remains of Pooley Bridge following its collapse. He said work done after floods six years ago was not enough to help when the latest rain hit. This morning Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, described the situation as “absolutely horrendous” and said lessons must be learnt. There are reports that the water is 3ft deep in places, after flood defences were overtopped in two places. “They definitely need to do some upstream flooding rather than just waiting for it all to come down”. “Events like this serve as a harsh reminder of the finite capacity of our flood defences, and the destructive impact extreme flooding has on our communities”, says Professor David Balmforth, Flood Expert and Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. The Glenridding Hotel was under water again prompting the owners to issue an online appeal for people to bring sandbags to help cope with the problem.

 

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Storm Desmond claims its THIRD victim: Pensioner, 70, hit by sign blown over in high winds dies in hospital – as new aerial pictures show the awesome scale of the floods that have hit Cumbria

  • Pensioner, 70, has become the third person to die from Storm Desmond after he was hit by a falling sign in Berwick 
  • Residents of Cumbrian village Glenridding are facing further torment after flooding hit the region for a second time
  • As homeowners began huge clean-up operation from weekend’s floods, nearby River Beck broke its banks again
  • Police warning residents to stay indoors amid fears floods could ‘endanger lives’ and homes remain without power
  • The Met Office has also issued a weather warning about the risk of snow in parts of northern England on Saturday 
  • George Osborne has announced additional £51million to support households and businesses affected by flooding
  • The Mail has launched an appeal to help those affected by the floods. See the information below on how to donate

A 70-year-old man has become the third person to die because of Storm Desmond after he suffered fatal injuries when he was hit by a falling sign which was blown over in high winds.

The pensioner was struck by the sign as he walked along a street in Berwick, Northumberland, as more than 13.5 inches of rain lashed the region on Saturday – bringing widespread flooding which has devastated entire communities.

He was taken to hospital but police today confirmed he died from his injuries last night, making him the third person to be killed as a result of the storm.

It comes after Ernie Crouch, 90, died when he was blown into the side of a moving bus by strong winds near Finchley Central Tube station in London on Saturday, and the body of a 78-year-old man was recovered after he fell into fast-flowing floodwater in the swollen River Kent in Kendal, .

Meanwhile, incredible aerial photographs taken today show the vast extent of the flooding which forced thousands of people out of their homes and left a wake of deluge and devastation.

The images show how much of Carlisle remains besieged by floodwater more than five days on from the record rainfalls which saw the worst flooding across the region in decades.

 

Incredible aerial photographs taken today show the vast extent of the flooding which forced thousands of people out of their homes in Carlisle and left a wake of devastation after Storm Desmond brought record amount of rainfalls including 13.5 inches in just 24 hours

Incredible aerial photographs taken today show the vast extent of the flooding which forced thousands of people out of their homes in Carlisle and left a wake of devastation after Storm Desmond brought record amount of rainfalls including 13.5 inches in just 24 hours

These aerial photos show how Carlisle United Football Club's ground has finally dried out after being besieged by waist-high floodwater 

These aerial photos show how Carlisle United Football Club’s ground has finally dried out after being besieged by waist-high floodwater

 

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