Lonely Planet Writer

Flooding in Britain and Ireland after Storm Desmond

Storm Desmond, which swept through Britain and Ireland this weekend, has caused widespread flooding and damage, with transport still disrupted.

Flooding in Cumbria, north England.
Flooding in Cumbria, north England. Image by morebyless / CC BY 2.0

A massive clean-up is underway in Ireland, where there are reports of road closures in parts of counties Donegal, Sligo, Galway, Mayo, Cavan, Monaghan, Cork, Kerry and Clare. Several train lines are also closed, although ferry services on the Irish sea have now resumed. The north of England and southern Scotland were also severely affected, with some train services still not operational and roads closed. Around 80 flood warnings are still in place across Britain. 

The Met office in the UK had some facts about the storm, revealing that the strongest gusts were felt on Friday night at Capel Curig, Gwynedd. The government also issued an interactive map that shows the areas that were worst affected which can be viewed here.

In the UK the storm claimed the life of an elderly man in London who was blown into a bus by a strong gust of wind as well as a man who drowned in the floods in Cumbria. In Ireland a 15 year-old girl is in critical condition after being swept out to sea by an unexpected wave after she went walking along the coast with her friends during the storm.

In North Yorkshire the flooding was so extreme that it turned the cliffs at Malham Cove into a waterfall for the first time in over a hundred years. A limestone cliff formation, it is believed to have become the highest unbroken waterfall in England.

Water falls over the cliffs at Malham Cove
Water falls over the cliffs at Malham Cove Image by Jim Sputnik/PA

Additional reporting Roisin Agnew.