Elsewhere, a mechanic in North Yorkshire got a little over-confident as he tried to defy Storm Desmond in a Land Rover with a makeshift snorkel. He just said: “It’s got a snorkel. It’ll be fine. It’s not even that deep”. In Kendal, Mr Clarkson said: ‘My wife and I, and all our friends here, have seen bad floods over the years but nothing like this. Mr Clarkson, who lives in a cottage with wife Jill, 65, said at one stage the floodwaters over the weekend were eight inches from his ceiling. The reasons include thinking they will never be flooded; or for those who have been flooded believing it is a one-off event. Around £60,000, but this should more than pay for itself in the event of a flood. The Met Office forecasts up to 80mm – more than 3in – of rain in parts of North-West England and Scotland, with around 20-40mm in other regions of Britain.

In it, Archbishop Antonio Mennini said: ‘Having learnt of the devastating effects caused in the north of England and in Cumbria in particular by Storm Desmond in these last days, I should like to convey to you and your people, along with the civic authorities and support services, the closeness of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, and my personal sympathy at this difficult time. It came as flood-hit Britain was hit by a new band of rain set to last 24 hours, with 70mph gusts expected as battered communities continue to clean up the wreckage of Storm Desmond. When it came to internet and satellite/cable TV providers there was also a lack of clarity. I came out a bit brown and needed to wash myself off with clean water and soap. Instead, the pensioner decided it was time to show some ‘Dunkirk spirit’ and give his neighbours a bit of light relief from their nightmare.

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But this door opens on to ‘Resilient House’, a modest terraced property on a business park in Hertfordshire, developed to show how easy it is to protect a home from a flood. Roughly 5,000 households and companies forced from their properties by flooding in Cumbria and Lancashire are to be given temporary relief from their council tax and business rates. In a separate incident the same day, two men were arrested for trying to steal walking sticks valued at £60 from a flooded business. Cumbria Police have stepped up patrols over the last few days in response to concerns the same thing might happen, and it appears those fears have been realised with thieves targeting evacuated homes and businesses, albeit on a smaller scale. In the past, British Gas has waived these charges in circumstances like this, and we’ll be doing the same for our affected customers in Cumbria. He needed a good wash-down afterwards, but couldn’t have a proper shower as the couple’s electricity and gas is off.

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There was just one problem – having done several lengths of breaststroke he couldn’t shower off because his house has no power. I dread to think what is in there! He’s an agricultural mechanic so he knows what he’s doing but I think he was overly confident about the snorkel working. Around 1,000 homes in Cumbria remain without power, with hundreds of properties so badly damaged by the storm that they remain uninhabitable. As Storm Desmond battered Britain, Kendal was one of the areas most badly-hit. The big clean: Retired picture framer, Mr Clarkson, of Parr Street, Kendal, is just one example of how defiant flood victims are trying to put a brave face on. Retired picture framer, Mr Clarkson, of Parr Street, Kendal, is just one example of how defiant flood victims are trying to put on a brave face following a trying few days. Lucky: Tom Holt, 29, had a determined look on his face as he drove straight into several feet of treacherous flood water near Jervaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire (left). Tom Holt, 29, had a determined look on his face as he drove straight into several feet of treacherous flood water near Jervaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.

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