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English flood victims return home

Residents of flood-battered northern England are struggling back to work, school and homes after swollen rivers inundated roads and caused several bridges to collapse.
Victims Survey The Damage After Worst Floods In Cumbria's History
The wall outside Wordsworth House, the childhood home of poet William Wordsworth, collapsed in the flooding in Cockermouth, England. Christopher Furlong / Getty Images
/ Source: The Associated Press

Residents of flood-battered northern England are struggling back to work, school and homes after swollen rivers inundated roads and caused several bridges to collapse.

Residents and business owners in the hardest-hit town, Cockermouth, were allowed to return to their properties Monday.

Some of the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Britain triggered floods in the mountainous Lake District last week.

More than 1,000 homes were flooded and people had to be rescued by helicopter when rivers burst their banks.

Authorities say 18 schools remain closed, and more than two dozen roads are blocked.

A police officer was swept to his death when a major bridge collapsed Friday. Police and army experts are checking the safety of 1,800 bridges.