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The street that lost Christmas to Storm Desmond: Pictures show how floods devastated family homes

By Claire Williamson

Published 08/12/2015

People clear their houses of water damaged property, including a Christmas tree, as the clean-up begins on Warwick Road after the floods in Carlisle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 8, 2015. See PA story WEATHER Winter. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People clear their houses of water damaged property, including a Christmas tree, as the clean-up begins on Warwick Road after the floods in Carlisle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 8, 2015. See PA story WEATHER Winter. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Sharon Sjurseth rescues Christmas presents for her family from her flood-damaged home as the clean-up begins on Warwick Road after the floods in Carlisle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 8, 2015. See PA story WEATHER Winter. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Ruth Doggart, 21, rescues Christmas presents for a family friend from their flood-damaged home as the clean-up begins on Warwick Road after the floods in Carlisle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 8, 2015. See PA story WEATHER Winter. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Sharon Sjurseth, centre, finds a ring in the kitchen of her flood-damaged home on Warwick Road, Carlisle, as the clean-up begins after the floods. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 8, 2015. See PA story WEATHER Winter. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A flood-damaged photo album containing Sharon and Rob Sjurseth's wedding pictures in the kitchen of Sharon's home on Warwick Road in Carlisle. The photos were washed and hung to dry by family friends who volunteered to help as the clean-up begins after the floods. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 8, 2015. See PA story WEATHER Winter. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Faye Doggart, 17, left, and her sister Ruth, 21, wash pictures from a flood-damaged photo album containing Sharon and Rob Sjurseth's wedding pictures in the kitchen of Sharon's home on Warwick Road in Carlisle, as the clean-up begins after the floods. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 8, 2015. See PA story WEATHER Winter. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A flood-damaged wedding picture of Sharon and Rob Sjurseth and photographic negatives are washed and hung to dry in Sharon's kitchen by family friends who volunteered to help, as the clean-up begins on Warwick Road after the floods in Carlisle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 8, 2015. See PA story WEATHER Winter. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A woman carries Christmas decorations out a house in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A woman inspects a room in her home in Warwick road as people start to return to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A woman stands outside her home in Warwick road start to empty their possessions after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: People empty the contents of a shop in Warwick road as people start to return to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes.ecember 8, 2015 in UNSPECIFIED, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A woman stands in the doorway of a B&B in Warwick road as people start to return to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: People empty the contents of a shop in Warwick road as people start to return to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes.ecember 8, 2015 in UNSPECIFIED, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: Residents in Warwick road start to empty their possessions from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A general view of Warwick road as people start to return to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A general view of Warwick road as people start to return to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Flood water covers the pitch and some of the stands at Carlisle United Football Club's Brunton Park stadium in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A resident carries his possesions after as he passes a submerged vehicle in a flooded residential street in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the emergency services walk through flood waters as they prepare to rescue residents from their flooded properties at dusk in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Residents servey the flood waters near their properties in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the RSPCA help a woman retrieve possessions from her flooded property in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the emergency services clean flood water from their clothing and equipment in a mobile wash station, near to the flood waters in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the emergency services clean flood water from their clothing and equipment in a mobile wash station, near to the flood waters in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
An inflatable boat sits on the front steps of a house in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron was to visit areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Flood water covers the pitch and some of the stands at Carlisle United Football Club's Brunton Park stadium in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF,OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Flood water covers the pitch and some of the stands at Carlisle United Football Club's Brunton Park stadium in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron visited areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
People wade in flood water as they pass a submerged vehicle and houses in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron was to visit areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
An inflatable boat sits moored to the gate of a house in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron was to visit areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the emergency services use an amphibious vehicle as they work in a flooded road in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron was to visit areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the emergency services rescue residents from their flooded properties in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond. British Prime Minister David Cameron was to visit areas of Britain hit by severe flooding today as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A general view Carlisle United football ground near to Warwick road where people are returning to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A general view of Warwick road as people start to return to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A general view Carlisle United football ground near to Warwick road where people are returning to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A man cycles down Warwick road as people start to return to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A general view of Warwick road as people start to return to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 08: A general view of Warwick road as people start to return to their properties after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 8, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Engineers are working to reconnect thousands of homes left without power, in the wake of Storm Desmond properties in Cumbria and Lancashire, have seen families spending another night away from flooded homes. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: A girl watches rescue workers checking properties as dusk falls, teams continue to evacuate people from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 7, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Storm Desmond has brought severe disruption to areas of northern England with dozens of flood warnings remaining in place throughout the country. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Rescue teams continue to to search as dusk fallsfor people who wantevacuated from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 7, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Storm Desmond has brought severe disruption to areas of northern England with dozens of flood warnings remaining in place.England. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
CARLISLE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Rescue teams continue to to search as dusk fallsfor people who wantevacuated from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 7, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Storm Desmond has brought severe disruption to areas of northern England with dozens of flood warnings remaining in place.England. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Minister for Finance and Personnel, Arlene Foster visits the Linen Green shopping complex in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone after severe flooding damaged 31 stores causing millions of pounds worth of damage. The minister was also joined by Lord Morrow, MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone as they took time to view the damage in The Boudoir ladies boutique and chatted to proprietors, Anita and Donna Ross (black coat). Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th December 2015
Minister for Finance and Personnel, Arlene Foster visits the Linen Green shopping complex in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone after severe flooding damaged 31 stores causing millions of pounds worth of damage. The minister was also joined by Lord Morrow, MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone as they took time to view the damage in The Boudoir ladies boutique and chatted to proprietors, Anita and Donna Ross (black coat). Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th December 2015
Minister for Finance and Personnel, Arlene Foster visits the Linen Green shopping complex in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone after severe flooding damaged 31 stores causing millions of pounds worth of damage. The minister was also joined by Lord Morrow, MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone as they took time to view the damage in The Boudoir ladies boutique and chatted to proprietors, Anita and Donna Ross (black coat). Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th December 2015
CARLISLE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Rescue teams continue to to evacuate people from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding on December 7, 2015 in Carlisle, England. Storm Desmond has brought severe disruption to areas of northern England with dozens of flood warnings remaining in place.England. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Minister for Finance and Personnel, Arlene Foster visits the Linen Green shopping complex in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone after severe flooding damaged 31 stores causing millions of pounds worth of damage. The minister was also joined by Lord Morrow, MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone as they took time to view the damage in The Boudoir ladies boutique and chatted to proprietors, Anita and Donna Ross (black coat). Picture credit © Matt Mackey - Presseye.com Belfast - Northern Ireland - 8th December 2015

Christmas presents, wedding photograph albums, furniture - all were destroyed in this one street, in one town by Storm Desmond.

Devastated families from Strabane to Cumbria have been dealing with the aftermath of clearing up the destruction left behind from the heavy flooding at the weekend which tore through homes across the UK and Ireland, destroying everything in its path.

Among the areas worst hit was Warwick Road in Carlilsle.

Heartbroken residents were pictured clearing out Christmas trees and decorations along with their water damaged interiors.

Sofas, chairs, units and carpets were all among the growing piles of belongings building-up outside the homes as residents clear out their sodden homes.

While Christmas presents were being put in bags in an attempt to rescue them from further being destroyed.

In another home - a wedding album full of precious photos was ruined.

The pictures have been hung up in the house in a bid to dry them out and hopefully salvage them.

Tens of thousands of people were also left without power due to a damaged substation in Lancashire - however power has since been restored to most of the homes impacted.

The Queen has offered her sympathy to those affected amid warnings that there may be more rain to come.

Almost 100 flood warnings and alerts remain in place in England and Wales.

While Prime Minister David Cameron visited Cumbria - another one of the worst hit areas.

There is widespread anxiety as warnings are still placed on rivers which have burst their bans following 16inches of rain within just two days.

A 50-year-old semi-retired builder told of his despair having just spent £50,000 renovating his home.

He told the Independent: "I salvaged what I could and then the water came under the door there was nothing else I could do.

"When I bought this house, I was told that the floods of 2005 would never happen again, but they have. It feels like a bereavement. Everyone is in the same position, so close to Christmas."

In Northern Ireland tributes have been paid to a former showband singer who died in the weekend floods has been described as "hugely popular and highly respected".

Gardai recovered the body of Ivan Vaughan around 10 metres from his car in Corraghdown, near the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan, on Monday.

It is believed the 70-year-old musician was returning to his home in Caledon across the Irish border in Co Tyrone on Sunday night when his vehicle was swamped by heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond.

Mr Vaughan, whose stage name was Simon Scott, was a member of the Plattermen showband in the 1960s and 1970s. In recent years he performed as a solo act.

Over the weekend 26 people had to be rescued during the adverse weather while the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service dealt with 37 incidents of flooding.

Environment minister Mark H Durkan activated an emergency scheme with immediate effect for householders affected by the deluge.

However elsewhere the Environment Minister has come under fire after a site that he had given the go-ahead for planning a retail development, was completed saturated in the floods.

Local traders' representatives said that not only was the plan at the Three Rivers site unsuitable due to the flood threat - being at the confluence of the rivers Finn, Mourne and Foyle - but also that its out-of-town location would pose too great an economic threat to Strabane town centre.

Now questions have been asked after Environment Minister Mark H Durkan granted a planning application at the 'clearly identified flood plain'.

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and Strabane Chamber of Commerce has called upon the Mr Durkan to explain why he thought it was appropriate to grant the Strabane “out of town” Three Rivers application in a clearly identified flood plain in the countryside.

In response Mr Durkan told the Belfast Telegraph: “I have previously made clear my reasons for granting outline planning permission for a comprehensive mixed use development on this site. 

"I was fully aware that the site was outside the defined development limit of Strabane and also that it was located in a floodplain.  The planning permission does require the implementation of adequate flood mitigation measures, if the development were to go ahead.

“My decision recognised the potential significance that the development could have, not only for Strabane but the wider north west region. 

"It has the potential to offer new employment opportunities associated with the wide range of uses and investment in infrastructure.  This would, in time, result in growth to the local economy and offset any negative impact for Strabane. Overall I considered that the potential benefits were determining factors in granting planning permission.”

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