Photos: Northern England, Scotland Battered by Floods Tied to Storm Desmond

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Rescue workers pull a boat full of rescued residents along a flooded residential street in Carlisle, Britain, December 6. Phil Noble/Reuters

Rain and storms soaked the northern U.K. this weekend, prompting evacuations, severe flood warnings and the arrival of the army in the worst-hit areas.

Storm Desmond dumped more than 10 inches of rain on some areas in England, including the northwestern county of Cumbria, while other rain-battered regions such as North Wales got more than seven inches, according to the Met Office, the U.K. weather forecaster.

1206_ukstorm_1 A local man wades through flood water on a residential street in Carlisle, Britain, December 6. Phil Noble/Reuters

Roads were closed by U.K. officials this weekend over fears of further flooding and landslides, prompting travel disruptions, while the Met Office issued its most severe red warning for rain in Cumbria and parts of Scotland.  

1206_ukstorm_4 Rescue workers remove local residents by boat from a flooded residential street in Carlisle, Britain, December 6. Phil Noble/Reuters

Rory Stewart, the British floods minister, told the BBC that Storm Desmond has “broken all the U.K. rainfall records” and unleashed “a completely unprecedented amount of water.”

Drone footage shot above Kendal, a flood-hit town in Cumbria, shows the flooded cricket ground and people wading through inches of water.

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1206_ukstorm_2 A man and a child stand on the harbor wall during stormy conditions at Porthcawl, South Wales, December 6. Rebecca Naden/Reuters

According to the Guardian, around 350 army personnel based in Preston, northern England, were made ready to help with the response to flooding on Sunday. More than 1,000 people have been evacuated and about 55,000 homes are without power due to Storm Desmond, the BBC reports.

1206_ukstorm_3 A man holds his dog as he wades through a flooded residential street in Carlisle, Britain, December 6. Phil Noble/Reuters

Nearly 50 severe flood warnings (which indicate danger to life) remain in effect in England and Wales, while 32 flood warnings are in place in Scotland.