Storm Desmond has caused flooding in northern England and parts of Scotland, resulting in power outage in tens of thousands of homes.
About 55,000 homes have been affected by power outage after an electricity substation in Lancaster was flooded. As many as 50 severe flood warnings remain in place.
As reported by BBC, Prime Minister David Cameron said the government was taking the measures to help people and avoid further damage. “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.”
Rory Stewart, British floods minister, said that the storm has “broken all the U.K. rainfall records.” According to the The Guardian, around 350 army personnel based in Preston, northern England, are preparing to provide assistance in the aftermath of the flooding.
As much as 100 mm of rainfall has fallen in the past 24 hours along the south, west and northwest of Ireland, causing road blockages. Homes and businesses are under water. The water depth reading at Bandon Bridge in the town center of Bandon in west Cork was recorded at 2.87 meters as of 10 a.m.
There was flooding on the M4 motorway, which was limited to one lane in both directions on the Galway side of the Loughrea exit, as reported by RTE.
Power to around 11,000 homes in Lancaster has been restored. Another 44,000 are expected to receive power by Monday evening. Nearly 40 flood warnings have been issued in Scotland, with main roads being closed off because of landslides and flooding. In north Wales, 700 homes experienced power outage on Sunday; 70 still remain without power.
Roger and Julie Scoon from Keswick are one of the many whose homes have been affected by severe flooding caused by Storm Desmond. “We did what we could, we got flood gates, we put tiled floors down so we can mop out, but we never dreamt it would come up here,” Roger said.