Flood waters are peaking as Storm Desmond continues to wreak havoc across northern England and regions in Scotland.
At last report, hundreds of residences have been flooded and over 1,000 people in Cumbria and the Scottish Borders needed to be evacuated.
Carlisle is one of the areas to be hit the worst. A major incident has been declared in the region, where emergency crews have employed boats to carry residents to safety.
Over 50 severe flood warnings remain in effect, primarily in Cumbria. No trains presently run between England and Scotland via Preston, and several roads have also been closed due to flood levels.
According to the Environment Agency, at least 200 homes have been flooded in the North West.
The Prime Minister confirmed that the Army had been prepared to assist flood victims. Cobra, the government’s civil emergency committee, was also meeting to go over the situation and determine additional ways to respond.
The Environment Agency said that an estimated 352mm of rain fell in the Lake District within a 24-hour period. If verified, this would be a new UK record.
John Hammond of BBC Weather, who is on location in Keswick, Cumbria, said that the area is totally dry now in terms of rainfall and is expected to remain so for the moment, but there are concerns about more rainfall throughout the coming week.
Mr Hammond said that more heavy rain was in the forecast for areas affected by the flooding and downstream river levels could be negatively affected. The Rivers Ouse and Severn will be especially closely watched.
Over 50 severe flood warnings, which present a risk to life, are in place in northern England, along with 60 flood warnings and alerts. More than 90 flood warnings and alerts are active in Scotland, and several principal roads have been closed by flooding and landslides.
Train companies are reporting serious disruptions, while restrictions have been placed on the A66 and certain routes running between Cumbria and the North East. In Cumbria, police have advised that two electricity substations are at risk of flooding in Carlisle.
Fire and rescue service in Northern Ireland have helped several people evacuate their homes and cars due to high flood waters in Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone.