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People affected by Storm Desmond to star in new play

The new play will take place at the Duke's Theatre Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Storm Desmond brought chaos to much of north Lancashire.

An estimated 100,000 householders and business owners were plunged into darkness and left without electricity for several days.

Now some who were directly affected when Storm Desmond struck will appear in a new play-Blackout- at the Duke's Theatre in Lancaster.

The play itself is inspired by testimony from residents emergency responders and community organisations. A strong cast has been assembled to provide a powerful evening of theatre.

Blackout runs until November 3rd at the Duke's Theatre which is just a few metres from the flooding which seriously affected Lancaster.


Watch: We catch up with families affected by Storm Desmond

It's been a year since Storm Desmond devastated parts of the North West. We hear from the families who fear the rain will ruin their lives all over again.

Thousands of homes and businesses across the North West were swamped on this day last year.

It took months to repair the damage, after rivers burst their banks and sewers were overwhelmed by more than a foot of rain in 24 hours. The waters also claimed the life of a man who fell into the River Kent in Kendal.

Victoria Grimes has spent the day in the Lancashire villages of Churchtown and St Michael's on Wyre where residents are still counting the cost.

55,000 homes could be without power for days

Engineers have been working around the clock to repair damage to overhead power lines and electricity substations caused by severe gales and flooding in Lancaster and Cumbria.

55,000 properties in Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth and the surrounding area could be without power for a number of days following flooding to a major electricity substation.

Engineers from the power company are working with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to determine when it is safe to access the flooded substation.