Army Deployed As Floods Put More Power At Risk

Army Deployed As Floods Put More Power At Risk

The Army has been deployed in Cumbria & people in other areas hit by Storm Desmond are picking up the pieces after a month's rain fell in a day.

The Government has held a COBRA meeting to discuss the situation as police in Cumbria said on Twitter: "This is not a safe place to be!"

Torrential rain & strong winds have caused widespread flooding, road closures & power cuts to tens of thousands of homes in the northwest of England.

Many homes & roads remain flooded in Scotland & many parts of Ireland are moreover underwater with dozens of rivers around the British Isles reaching their highest recorded levels.

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The previous red & amber weather warnings for the north have been lifted yet the Met Office has issued a new yellow rain warning – be aware – for northwest England & southwest Scotland from Monday through to Thursday.

Nearly 180 flood warnings & alerts are in place across England & Wales with 47 at the "severe" level, indicating a "danger to life".

Dozens more flood alerts & warnings are in place in Scotland – one at the "severe" level in Hawick in the Scottish borders.

David Cameron tweeted: "The army has been mobilised to assist those affected by Storm Desmond & floods. A COBRA meeting is happening to ensure everything is done."

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Some 55,000 properties in Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth & the surrounding areas lost their power after the flood defences at an electricity substation were breached.

A further 4,000 homes in Cumbria have had their power cut off as a result of the weather & the authorities are warning that another 60,000 homes are at "imminent risk" of losing electricity.

In the Cumbrian town of Kendal, police divers are investigating reports that an elderly man has fallen into the River Kent & in Carlisle, Army troops have been helping carry people to safety.

Dozens of train services have been cancelled or delayed & the Highways Agency reported that several major roads & some motorway junctions were closed due to flooding.

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The Maritime & ​Coastguard Agency said helicopters have been used in a number of areas in Cumbria where a family stranded by fast-moving water was airlifted to safety.

Cumbria police said it is experiencing a "very high level" of calls from flooded people wanting to be rescued & said it is "prioritising the rescue of those who have medical emergencies".

A spokesman said its "resources are extremely stretched & limited".

Flood waters have started to fall in some areas, yet a huge clean up operation is under way.

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An appeal fund has been set up by Cumbria Community Foundation for all those affected by the floods in the county & by 3.30pm on Sunday had raised £84,000.

The village of Braithwaite was left "isolated" after the main bridge connecting it to the rest of the county was swept away by the swollen river.

The main north-south A591 between Windermere & Keswick has collapsed, cutting off the two halves of Britain's most popular national park.

In Northumberland, passengers on the cross-Tyne Shields ferry had to be rescued by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers after its engine failed during an unusually strong current.

The Borders & Tayside in Scotland have been badly hit by the storm, with rivers bursting their banks & landslides triggered.

In Northern Ireland, an elderly man had to be rescued from his home in Clady with an emergency team forced to use a digger to obtain to the property after the River Finn burst its banks.

And in north London a 90-year-old man died after being blown into the side of a passing bus by a gust of wind at Finchley Central Station.

The south & west of Ireland has taken a battering, too, with flooding in Cork & Kerry & a landslide closing part of the coast road at Mullinasloe, County Donegal.

The Met Office said several weather stations including Shap, experienced more rain in 24 hours than they would normally have in a month.

Source: “Sky News”