Dec 13

A few days earlier:

Met Office warns of heavy rain, severe storm

UK weather: More storm chaos as 90mph winds and 2 inches of rain set to hit Britain tonight

The devastation from above: Aerial photographs show widespread flooding across Cumbria caused by Storm Desmond as residents tell of despair after £48million flood defences fail to do their job

Storm Desmond: Hundreds made homeless by record-breaking rainfall as 46 severe flood warnings put in place

Storms lash England and leave hundreds homeless


77 flood warnings in place across northern England as heavy rain persists:

Further deluges of rain lashed the north of England today as river levels remained high across several counties.

The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning, and a spokesman said that although the forecaster was not expecting floods as severe as those seen last weekend it would not take “an awful lot of rain” for there to be a risk of rivers overflowing.

By 6pm there were 77 flood warnings in place across the region, although no severe flood warnings which are classed as a “danger to life”.

Affected areas included large parts of East Lancashire including Pendle, the Ribble Valley and Burnley, and large areas of West Yorkshire including Leeds, Dewsbury, Batley, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Cleckheaton.

Elsewhere, flood warnings were also issued in Preston, York and Rochdale.

Localised flooding of roads continued to take place in Cumbria which bore the brunt of Storm Desmond and led to the flooding of thousands of homes.

Snow also brought hazardous driving conditions on the M6 at Shap and sections of the A66 and A6.

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