Written on 30/11/16 by Paul Oldham

Keswick After Storm Desmond

While researching something else we came across this Environment Agency photo of Keswick after last December's Storm Desmond which is worth taking a look at to remind you quite how bad it was and why there's been a lot of work needed to recover.

Keswick after Storm Desmond

What you're seeing here is Keswick to the left and Derwent Water to the right in the sunshine however the whole area from Derwent Water north across the fields between Keswick and Portinscale have flooded and if you could see under the plane the water continues to Bassenthwaite Lake so the two have essentially joined up.

The original is a much bigger photo and you can find it here but be warned it's a 21MB image and it's 7360 x 4912 pixels so you don't want to download it if you're paying by the byte for your data or you're on a slow connection.

If you zoom in on that you can clearly see the river has broken its banks and flooded Fitz Parks and the industrial estate in the loop of the river before the bridge over the Greta (which, by this stage, was effectively acting as a dam!). On the other side of the bridge Booth's car park is awash (and they were flooded and were closed for some time).

And if you look for the road which leads down to the suspension bridge to Portinscale you can see the red van which the owner failed to move in time. It never moved again and was towed away in the end.

But remember all this is just one fraction of the consequences of Storm Desmond. As we've reported here before houses and shops were wrecked and bridges, roads, and paths were wash away all over the county. Although everyone has done a sterling job there's still much to do and you can make a donation to help with that work here.

Photo published by the Environment Agency under Open Government Licence.

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