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Image: Aerial image of Kendal, Cumbria, as Storm Desmond hits the lake district (credit: Alex Roebuck / www.alexroebuck.co.uk)
The forth named UK storm of the season lashed parts of Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and north Wales and wreaked havoc in north-west England at the beginning of December.
Storm Desmond tore through Britain bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall, with the Environment Agency issuing 130 flood warnings. A major incident was declared in Cumbria as a record-breaking 341.4 mm of rainfall fell in Honister over a 24-hour period (4th – 5th December). 43,000 homes suffered power cuts and thousands of residents were forced to evacuate as more than 5,000 homes were flooded in Cumbria and Lancashire.
It is the second time in 6 years that some Cumbria residents have been flooded – in November 2009 the river Cocker caused an estimated £276.5m of damage in Cockermouth, a west Cumbrian town, when 314mm of rain fell in a 24-hour period.