Emergency services, volunteer groups, businesses and people from Cumbria and beyond have all rallied to support affected communities in the wake of severe weather conditions. In South Cumbria, Kendal and parts of the Lake District were affected, leading to hundreds of people being evacuated and major disruption to road links.
Elsewhere Keswick, Cockermouth and Carlisle also witnessed major flooding, prompting a visit from Prime Minister David Cameron and pledges of support to repair damage.
However, it has been the immediate responses from people across Cumbria that have caught the eye as communities deal with the aftermath of the storm.
Users on Twitter have been sharing their inspiring stories using the hashtag #spiritofCumbria, with many tweeting their support for the county and individuals and services volunteering to help their communities.
The Cavendish Arms in Cartmel and The Howbeck in Windermere are just two of the hotels who have offered rooms to people affected by the floods.
Colin Monk, owner of The Howbeck in Windermere, who has offered the hotel’s 11 rooms, said: “I will do my best to help our local folk in your hour of need.”
Meanwhile St Georges Church in Kendal, which was surrounded by flood water during the weekend, has been offering free food and facilities to affected people, along with Pedro’s Restaurant in Kendal.
Elsewhere staff at specialist LED manufacturers Oxley, a partner of Choose South Cumbria, in Ulverston and Barrow are collecting food and other items for those affected by the floods.
Jayne Moorby, Marketing Manager at Oxley, said: "It’s a source of immense pride for me that Cumbrian people pull together and offer fantastic kindness in a time of crisis."
Kendal Town Council have been inundated with donations of clothing and bedding and have set up a Facebook page to match volunteers with people in need. To register your help, please visit the page or call 07935497910.
Donations to the Cumbria Flood Appeal, set up by the Cumbria Community Foundation have already raised over £325,000, as people pledged to support the county. Click here to support the individuals and communities devastated by the flooding.
People have also been tweeting their thanks to individuals who have helped them during the flooding. Michelle Young said: “The flowers have been safely delivered to the ‘flood guardian angel’ who helped me yesterday.”
Share your inspirational stories and tales of kindness using the hashtag #spiritofCumbria
If your business has been affected by the floods, Cumbria Business Growth Hub can help. Advisers are available, free of charge, to help you deal with the immediate impact and through the recovery process. Call 0844 257 8450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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