Four days on from Storm Desmond, the trappings of modern life like electricity and mobile phone signals are still out of action in parts of Cumbria.
Villages like Glenridding in the Lake District have been more or less cut off from the outside world and it will take months for life to get back to normal.
ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers reports:
A woman who spent £30k flood-proofing her property is once again clearing out her home after being flooded for the third time in ten years
More severe weather is set to hit flood-hit communities in north-west England still recovering from Storm Desmond.
ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills meets the boss of Britain's largest home insurer as he surveys the flood damage in Carlisle.