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Thousands Without Power from Storm Desmond

Two lives have been claimed by Storm Desmond as 43,000 homes suffer from power cuts and 5,200 homes have been affected by flooding. The storm lashed parts of Northern Ireland, North Wales, Southern Scotland and Northwest England over the weekend. Record breaking rainfall in Cumbria prompted the county to declare a major incident.

The majority of schools in Cumbria reopened Today but Lancaster University cancelled teaching for the rest of the term due to power loss across much of the campus.

Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for much of Scotland and Northern England early Wednesday morning.

Gusts of up to 60mph are possible in places and separate warnings have been issued in those areas.

Managed power cuts to electricity may be necessary in Lancaster and the surrounding area later today. Customers have been asked to conserve energy where possible. Mark Williamson, operations director at Electricity North West, said, “We know how difficult this situation is for everyone involved and we are doing the best we can to manage power supplies for everyone. We will provide further updates throughout the day.”

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund released funds to support rural communities hit hard by Storm Desmond today. A fundraising appeal was announced to assist the flood damaged communities get back on their feet. Farms are reported to have lost livestock and feed equipment as well as neighboring bridges and roads.

Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said, “This is a catastrophic blow to rural businesses which are already hard pressed. Many will be relying on Christmas trade to turn a profit and we need to act swiftly to help them get back on track.”

If your farm or rural business is affected by flooding please contact: Farming Help Hotline 03000 111 999.

If you would like to make a donation to The Flood Appeal 2015 Text PCF to 70300 to make a £3 donation, donate online at www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/2015floodappeal or at the Post Office.

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