Storm Desmond: Floods, power outages hit northwest England

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  • Storm Desmond has brought heavy rainfall and flooding to northwest England
  • Electricity has been restored to most of about 60,000 homes left powerless by high water
  • Police find a body in a river after a report of a man falling into water

(CNN)British engineers are scrambling to restore electricity to thousands of homes in northwestern England after flooding knocked out power supplies across the region.

Storm Desmond dumped record levels of rain on northern England and Scotland over the weekend, flooding areas of Cumbria and Lancashire counties and prompting authorities to call in the armed forces to help evacuate people.
The waters inundated neighborhoods, train lines and sports grounds, and knocked out electricity to more than 60,000 homes.
    By Monday morning, most of the supply was restored, with only 2,957 homes still cut off, according to power company Electricity North We