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Flood-damaged contents are removed from houses on Brunton Avenue in the town of Carlisle in northwest England, Britain December 8, 2015 (Reuters)
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A man throws out furniture, along with a Christmas tree, as the clean-up after the weekend's flood begins in Carlisle northwest England Tuesday Dec. 8, 2015 (AP)
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Flood-damaged contents are removed from houses on Brunton Avenue in the town of Carlisle in northwest England, Britain December 8, 2015 (Reuters)
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Flood-damaged contents are removed from houses on Warwick Road in the town of Carlisle in northwest England, Britain December 8, 2015 (Reuters)
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Flood water covers the pitch and some of the stands at Carlisle United Football Club's Brunton Park stadium in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond (AFP)
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Members of the emergency services walk through flood waters as they prepare to rescue residents from their flooded properties at dusk in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond (AFP)
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Vehicles stand submerged in flood waters, one with an industrial waste bin on its roof, in the car park of Carlisle United Football Club in Carlisle, north west England on December 7, 2015, after heavy flooding caused by Storm Desmond (AFP)
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Debris is left on the river bank after the river Greta flooded in Keswick, north west England on December 7, 2015 (AFP)
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Members of the emergency services perform a welfare check on residents in flooded properties in Carlisle, northern England, on December 7, 2015 (AFP)
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The city centre in seen under flood waters in Carlisle, north west England, December 7, 2015 (Reuters)
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Fire and Rescue teams continue their work to bring people out of flooded homes in Carlisle, north west England, Monday Dec. 7, 2015, following heavy rains over the weekend (AP)
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A local resident walks across a flooded street in in Carlisle , north west England, Monday Dec. 7, 2015, following heavy rains over the weekend (AP)
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At least one died and hundreds of others have been forced to leave homes flooded by record heavy rainfall.

Britain hit by severe flooding over the weekend as residents began sweeping out homes and businesses in the wake of Storm Desmond. The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools. 

The storm left tens of thousands without power, disrupted water supplies and forced the closure of a number of schools.

One death was reported in London after an elderly man was blown into the path of a bus, police said on Saturday.

A body was also found in a search of the River Kent, police said, after reports that an elderly man had fallen into the water.

More than 350 military personnel were deployed in Carlisle, one of the worst-affected cities, with lifeboats and a military helicopter used to evacuate people to reception centres in places where the water reached waist height.

More than 5,200 properties have been affected by the weekend flooding, according to an official from the Environment Agency. The flood-hit area includes the towns of Carlisle, Keswick and Lancaster, and the Lake District National Park, which attracts millions of tourists.

The same deluge battered southern Norway, causing floods, damaging property and closing roads. Iris Straume from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute said it was "the worst storm in 150 years."

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