Because so much water needs to soak through the soil, parts of the South will face the serious risk of flooding for months to come. Even if the rain stopped today, groundwater levels could keep on rising until the Spring, as Martin stew explains.
The recent flooding has caused an unprecedented number of sinkholes to appear in roads and near people's homes. Martin Stew investigates.
The 600-metre aqua-dam was pumped full of flood water on Friday to protect 200 homes.
Many householders have started to empty their homes and look for temporary accommodation.