Lonely Planet Writer

Flood appeal reaches £1 million as Cumbria emerges from the waters

The army have been called in, carp have been found swimming in a football stadium and bridges remain closed in Cumbria northwest England, in the aftermath of devastating flooding. Meanwhile, an online appeal set up to help flood victims has reached £1 million, a third of its target.

Flooding in Cumbria.
Flooding in Cumbria. Image by morebyless / CC BY 2.0

The floods have affected areas including the Lake District, which is popular with visitors from around the world, and have caused £500 million worth of damage. Bridges in Carlisle and in other parts of the county remain shut, causing problems for access. In one bizarre discovery, three Koi carp were found swimming in the goalmouth of Carlisle FC, the region’s leading football club. Carlisle will play their next home match in Preston North End. Read more: bbc.co.uk