South Lakes MP Tim Farron has called for second-home owners in the area to show “solidarity” with local people and offer their homes to those in need.
Storm Desmond, which hit South Lakeland on Saturday and saw some of the worst flooding the area has ever seen, resulted in almost 1,400 homes in the Lake District being flooded.
As the area has a very high rate of second home ownership, Mr Farron has called for these to be put to use in housing those who have been forced to evacuate their homes due to flooding.
He said: "It’s awful to see the destruction which the flooding has caused, particularly for those who have lost their homes.
“This is now an opportunity for those who own second homes in South Lakeland to show solidarity with local people, and offer refuge to those whose homes have been destroyed by the floods."
Anyone willing to offer their second home to house those in need should contact either SLDC or Tim Farron’s office, via email at email@example.com