Firefighters, mountain rescue teams, British Army troops and local volunteers fought rising flood waters after Storm Desmond dumped an unprecedented amount of rain on north-west England and the Scottish Borders.
The town of Honister in Cumbria recorded 13.4in of rain, the highest 24-hour level ever recorded. The deluge left the city of Carlisle and hundreds of homes submerged. Many rivers burst their banks, flowing into streets and submerging cars.
Rescue teams used boats to ferry those forced to leave their houses, and about 60,000 homes in the north-west were left without power.
Fallen trees lay across a submerged road to the Ullswater Steamer terminal, as flood water from the River Eamont covers the pier Paul Ellis/AFP The remains of an 18th century bridge that crossed the River Eamont at the northern end of Ullswater, in Pooley Bridge Paul Ellis/AFP Soldiers help with the rescue effort in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A man stumbles as he wades through flood water in Carlisle Phil Noble/Reuters A man carries a tray of hot drinks and sausage sandwiches to residents remaining in their flooded properties in Carlisle Oli Scarff/AFP Rescue teams continue to to evacuate people from their homes in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Doors and windows are reflected in water in Carlisle Andrew Yates/Reuters Rescue workers carry an elderly woman in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Prime Minister David Cameron looks at the flood defence system on Warwick Road in Carlisle Andrew Yates/Reuters One of the entrances to Carlisle United football ground Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Rescue workers pull a boat full of residents along a flooded street in Carlisle Phil Noble/Reuters A rescue team helps to evacuate people in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Workers clear water-damaged stock from a store in Cockermouth Paul Ellis/AFP A man bails out a flooded property in Carlisle Phil Noble/Reuters The people of Keswick begin the clean-up after flood damage caused by Storm Desmond Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Brian McCann surveys the damage as he stands in water in his living room in Carlisle Oli Scarff/AFP A man sweeps mud out of a house in Cockermouth Paul Ellis/AFP Residents clear silt from a house in Cockermouth Paul Ellis/AFP A Christmas tree is removed from an estate agents in Cockermouth Paul Ellis/AFP Water-damaged belongings are left on the pavement in Keswick Christopher Furlong/Getty Images A dog sniffs flood damaged goods outside a shop in Keswick Paul Ellis/AFP A mattress is used as a form of flood defence at a property in Carlisle Oli Scarff/AFP People look at flooding in the market town of Cockermouth at the confluence of the River Cocker and River Derwent Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Residents put their Wellington boots on in the doorway of a flooded house in Carlisle Paul Ellis/AFP A man and his dogs wait to be be evacuated from a flooded house in Carlisle Paul Ellis/AFP A man carries a dog through the floodwaters in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A soldier helps move a stranded person from a flooded street in Carlisle Paul Ellis/AFP Rescue teams carry people to safety through the flood water in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A member of the rescue team carries a young woman to safety in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A rescue team helps to evacuate people and their pets in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Rescue evacuate a woman and her pets in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A rescue worker carries a dog as teams continue to evacuate people from their homes in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A footbridge in Keswick is covered with debris after the floodwaters subsided Paul Ellis/AFP Debris is left on the river bank after the river Greta flooded in Keswick Paul Ellis/AFP A flooded graveyard in the market town of Appleby Christopher Furlong/Getty Images A cricket scoreboard is surrounded by water after the River Eden bursts its banks in Appleby Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Flood water flows over a road near the market town of Appleby Christopher Furlong/Getty Images A car is submerged in flood waters in the city centre of Carlisle Andrew Yates/Reuters Cars and houses are submerged as Storm Desmond causes flooding in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Residents look out from their flooded home in Carlisle Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A man walks down a flooded street in Carlisle Paul Ellis/AFP
Further flooding and disruption is expected as forecasters warn of more heavy rain on 7 December in Scotland, north-west England and Wales. Britain has suffered several heavy floods in recent years. In 2014
thousands of acres of farmland in Somerset and properties along the Thames were submerged for weeks, and the northwest region was badly flooded in both 2009 and 2005.