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The destruction caused by Storm Desmond summed up in picture of Carlisle's Brunton Park

The ground has been left completely submerged.

THE HIGH WINDS and incessant rainfall brought by Storm Desmond may have abated but the scale of the damage is only being discovered.

Widespread reports of flooding around the country has left towns beginning the arduous task of cleaning-up after 36 hours of extensive destruction.

It’s a similar story in England where the river Eden in Cumbria burst its banks, leaving some properties under a metre of water.

Such has been the trail of destruction, Cumbria Police declared a major incident in the region and these aerial photographs show why.

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While Carlisle United were coasting to victory in the FA Cup yesterday, their Brunton Park home was being caught up in the devastation.

The ground is completely underwater, much like large parts of the surrounding area as the North West of England bore the brunt of the storm.

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It’s the second time in a month the club have been forced to sift through the wreckage after their stadium was left underwater by heavy rain in November.

Similarly, in 2005 the Cumbrians were forced to play their home games in Morecambe due to flooding.

This video shows the ground last month:

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The region has become accustomed to such incidents and Carlisle have announced they will lend their services to the local community after training this week as the clean-up operation begins.

Manager Keith Curle and his squad have agreed to take time to assist in any way they can in order to help the region return to normality.

Carlisle’s next fixture at Brunton Park is not until Saturday 19 December, when they are scheduled to face Notts County.

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