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Northern England hit by flooding caused by Storm Desmond

A Carlisle resident wades through flood water

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Record-breaking rainfall caused by a winter storm officially named Storm Desmond has devastated towns and cities across the north of England.

Heavy rainfall hit the U.K. on Friday 4 December and continued over the weekend, causing rivers to break their banks and flood fields and streets.

Click ahead to see the havoc Desmond wreaked across the region.

By Luke Graham, special to CNBC.com

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