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Storm Desmond's Destruction Captured In Astonishing Aerial Footage Of Carlisle

07/12/2015 21:54 GMT | Updated 08/12/2015 09:59 GMT

The devastation left in the wake of Storm Desmond has been captured in an astonishing set of aerial footage.

The drone footage, from Helipromo, reveals the waterlogged countryside around Carlisle, including fields, schools, homes and the town’s civic centre.

The video was released to help raise funds for those affected by the floods.

All images courtesy of Helipromo

Aerial flood images

The country has been badly hit by the storm, which has left at least one person dead.

An underwater search team is recovering a body found in Kendal in Cumbria after reports that an elderly man had fallen into the River Kent on Sunday morning, the Press Association reported.

More than 2,000 homes and businesses in the county were flooded and almost 60,000 homes were left without power throughout Sunday as the floods damaged substations and caused electrical faults.

Electricity North West said about 2,600 properties in Cumbria remained without power on Monday morning because of 11 separate faults caused by flooding.

In Carlisle, the Army was sent to help support emergency services evacuating people from their homes in streets where cars were almost entirely submerged.

Cumbria County Council leader Stewart Young has called for an investigation into the county's flood defences after £45 million was invested since catastrophic floods in 2005.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "I will be talking to our local MPs later today and if the Environment Agency needs to revisit them then that's what's going to have to happen, because we can't continue to have events like this in Cumbria, we just won't be able to cope."

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Around 40 schools remained closed, while the disruption led to the cancellation of appointments and routine business across NHS hospitals and services.

Environment Secretary Liz Truss will set out more details of the response from the government, which has already committed to a £2.3 billion programme of flood defences over six years, in a statement to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon.

The government has also said that it will look again" at flood defences following the devastation caused by Storm Desmond as thousands of homes were damaged and a body was discovered in a swollen river.

David Cameron visited Carlisle where he met with a resident whose home was devastated by the flooding, as well as thanking the emergency services for their hard work.