Devastation of Storm Desmond seen by North Wootton man

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The devastation wrecked on the Lake District by Storm Desmond was seen first hand by two West Norfolk men as they battled to get home following a walking weekend.

Experienced hill walkers Mark Stanford and Tony Giles had travelled up to Seathwaite, in the Duddon Valley, early on Friday morning last week to begin to tackle the Wainwright Outlying Fells.

Although very wet and windy on the higher ground, the pair had been out walking and had no idea of the devastation until they tried to get home.

A total of 5,000 homes in Cumbria and Lancashire were flooded on Friday last week due to the heavy rains brought by Storm Desmond.

Landslips halted train services while police were forced to close many road.

Lynn News events manager Mr Stanford, of North Wootton, said: “Having seen the fields full of water, I can see why people back home in Norfolk were worried about us.

“It was a real job to leave the Lakes

“The first we knew about how bad the situation was when we arrived at Newby Bridge. You could just see the arches of the bridge and that was 24 hours after the storm.

“We could see the houses flooded and detritus all over the road such as picnic chairs.

“We could see a lot of cars, horse boxes and RSPCA rescue vans trying to help the wildlife.”

Father-of three Mr Stanford, who lives in North Wootton, is a regular visitor to the Lake District and has seen the height of the flood defences.

He said: “To think the water came over the flood defences, is unbelievable.”