Schools and Hospitals Hit by Storm Desmond
Schools and hospitals will be closed today in parts of northern England following the aftermath of Storm Desmond. The emergency services are continuing to work to evacuate people from the worst affected areas such as Carlisle, Keswick and Appleby and thousands of homes in the area remain without power. The heavy rain and wind died down on Sunday, but more persistent rain is forecast for later on this week. Today the Prime Minister will be chairing an emergency Cobra meeting which will ensure that everything is done to help those affected by the storm.
The storm has caused 55,000 homes to be left without power after a substation was flooded in Lancaster and around 2,500 properties remain flooded in Carlisle. Throughout Cumbria, more than 30 schools have been closed and Lancaster University has finished teaching for the rest of term due to a loss of power. Around 50 flood warnings remain in place across northern England and, with many people forced to leave their homes, eight rescue centres have opened across Cumbria. The disruption has also led to the cancellation of appointments and routine services at hospitals in the region, with only essential services still running.