In December of 2015, Storm Desmond dropped incredible amounts of water in parts of northern England and Scotland. Cumbria (and the Lake District) were hard hit. Flood defences built after the devastating water levels reached in 2008, and believed to be impregnable, were insufficient to control the rainy torrents produced by Storm Desmond.
Tonight’s first flick is BBC footage of some of the devastation in the Lake District, including Keswick.
This is a picture of The Cumberland Pencil Museum from across the river during a period of dry autumn weather.
This image shows the building from the other side during the flooding.
The pink pointy finger indicates the museum building, the yellow indicates the flood barrier and the green points at the River Greta. The museum already has water above the level of the doors, and it got worse. The building was damaged and some of the contents were destroyed. The good news is that the museum has re-built and re-opened, so we will be able to make our traditional visit to the Pencil Museum tomorrow.
Here’s a video recorded before the flooding:
Perhaps you will draw or write something with a pencil this weekend, or you could just watch another video about a visit to the Cumberland Pencil Museum here.