Flooding in England: Floods Hit Northern England

Published: December 7, 2015

Flooding in England: Floods Hit Northern England, Flooding which brought chaos to Britain and saw thousands of people evacuated from their homes may have been avoided if the Government had not cancelled hundreds of defence schemes.

Hundreds of families are spending the night in Red Cross Shelters after Storm Desmond brought record levels of rainfall to the North of England and Scotland, causing already swollen rivers to burst their banks, deluging towns, flooding 2,000 properties and leaving 60,000 homes without power.

In Cumbria water rose to first floor windows and the army was mobilised to rescue trapped householders as David Cameron convened Cobra to deal with the growing crisis.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, whose constituency Westmoreland and Lonsdale was severely affected by flooding said that the situation had been made worse because nearly 300 flood defence schemes had been dubbed “low priority” and shelved in recent years. They included a plan for the River Kent in Kendal, where an elderly man is feared drowned.

Mr Farron, who was himself trapped in the floods with his wife and children, called on the government to provide new funding.

“It is heartbreaking to see the impact of flooding once more on local people,” he said. “Lower priority schemes were shelved and should have been funded.

“There is now a major task ahead of us in terms of repairing the damage caused by these floods, and I am calling on the government to support us in this and make additional funds available.”

Unprecedented levels of rain has fallen on Britain over the weekend, with rivers across the North of England reaching record heights and Honister in Cumbria recording 13.4 inches of rain in 24 hours, the most rain to ever fall over a 24 hour period. The River Eden in Carlisle reached 20.3 feet, nearly five foot higher than previous records.

I want to say a massive thank you to all the staff, emergency services & organisations working so hard to help people in Cumbria tonight

— Tim Farron (@timfarron) December 6, 2015

Thankyou for all the kind messages. We’re home safe after scary ordeal for the kids. Many worse off tonight,thoughts & prayers with them.

— Tim Farron (@timfarron) December 6, 2015

Peter Brown who had to leave his flooded house in Carlisle the early hours of Sunday morning with his daughter, Rebecca, 15 said: “We got a knock on the door at 5.45am saying we will have to evacuate the premises.

“I literally grabbed a few things, put valuables upstairs. You just watch while your house gets submerged. My living room and staircase is now under water.”

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