Cumbria

Flood-hit Crosby-on-Eden School fully reopens six months on

Crosby-on-Eden School pupils in the playground
Image caption Pupils were all smiles in the playground as Crosby-on-Eden School reopened on Monday

A school flooded by 3ft (0.9m) of water during Storm Desmond has fully reopened for the first time six months on.

Crosby-on-Eden School, near Carlisle, had to be stripped out and refurbished following the deluge in December when record-breaking amounts of rain fell in Cumbria.

Temporary cabins were put in place in the playground to house classes.

Head teacher Ayesha Weston welcomed the return of 100 school pupils to the original building earlier on Monday.

She told BBC Radio Cumbria: "We just pulled together as a community and as a school. The children and staff have been fantastic and we have made it.

"It was horrible, absolutely horrendous. Everything was ruined. The school was stripped back and rebuilt.

"It's been six months almost to the day since the floods hit."

Rainfall during Storm Desmond broke all previous UK records, with Honister in Cumbria receiving 341.4mm (13.4in) in the 24 hours between 4 and 5 December.

Image caption Crosby-on-Eden School was badly affected when the village was flooded

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