As the flood waters start to recede thoughts are turning to how we can stop them from causing so much damage in the future.
With no control over nature we can either choose to build bigger defences or plan our cities to absorb or divert the flood water.
Award winning architects BACA have been working for the last five years on how town planning can embrace water rather than fight against it.
They're building the country's first amphibious house in Marlow. It has the ability to float above flood water.
The solid concrete basement of the house acts like the hull of a boat. Plumbing and pipes will be flexible enough to cope with the movement and super yacht technology will ensure the house is always level even when afloat.