As the flood crisis has escalated, so has the practicality of the footwear and clothing worn by Britain's politicians.
David Cameron has donned his wellies to visit Britain's flood-stricken areas, but was it all too late?
As the Westminster blame game rages on, the government must show victims of the catastrophic flooding that it has a grip on the crisis.
The head of National Farmers' Union said a "major rethink" was needed in how flood defence spending was allocated.
"We must stop sacrificing our productive farmland to crazy, rampant and thoughtless urbanisation," Peter Kendall said at a conference.
Mr Kendall said: "58% of our most productive land sits below the 5m contour line and it is at risk from flooding. Policy makers simply have to put higher value on it."
He said that while farmland can and should in extreme circumstances act as a temporary buffer for water to protect people's lives and homes, it shouldn't be viewed as a long-term storage facility. "It's primary job is to feed this country," he added.
James Hall, a farmer from Somerset who was affected by flooding, told ITV News the government's offer of a £5,000 grant is "a drop in the ocean."
He said the cost won't cover the loses at his farm, or the work that still needs to be done.
James Hall, a farmer previously featured on ITV News, says the water levels at his farm are improving but the extent of the damage is becoming more apparent.
The levels are continuing to drop at a steady pace, the damage in my parents house is not looking good, large cracks are now showing.
@angebg thank you, this water has caused so much damage, the clean up is going to be dreadful and upsetting..
The Government has announced rural homes and businesses impacted by floods will have access to one-off grants up to £5,000 to make them more resilient.
Farming minister George Eustice said businesses which have been directly affected by flooding will be able access £10 million of government support from Friday.
The Government has offered help "to all businesses who have been affected by floods", the farming minister has told Daybreak.
George Eustice said the Government had delayed "the payment of business rates" and "have asked HMRC to be lenient on businesses".
Climate experts have called for more to be done to manage Britain's flood risk after the Environment Agency warned that they cannot protect all people and properties.
Professor Jim Hall, director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford said major lessons had been learnt since the 2007 floods, but said the UK still seemed to be in a mode of "discovery by disaster".
He called for a package of measures to be adopted to manage flood risk but said we had to admit "we cannot prevent against every risk".
Professor Roger Falconer, director of the Hydro-environmental Research Centre at Cardiff University, said he hoped to see more engineers involved in work to prevent and reduce the impact of flooding.
The Environment Agency cannot protect all people and properties but will do what it can, a senior executive at the organisation has said.
Parts of the UK have been severely affected by storms this winter with around 6,500 properties flooded.
The Met Office revealed that the UK had suffered its wettest winter since records began last week.
David Rooke, the executive director of flood and coastal risk management at the agency, said the wet conditions would continue this week but the agency would try and reduce the impact.
"We have got high tides this week and rainfall. The Environment Agency is still in operation mode doing all we can to minimise risk. We cannot protect all people and all properties but we will do all we can," he said, adding that the agency had protected more than 1.3 million homes.
The Environment Agency says it will continue with plans to reduce its costs, including cuts in jobs.
The agency has announced that proposed redundancies have been suspended while the flooding crisis continues.
The GMB union hit out at "successive years of central government cuts that have trimmed maintenance budgets to unsustainable levels."
The Environment Agency's Toby Willison said the organisation had faced "huge challenges" as a result of the floods.
"The planned reductions in posts will not affect the Environment Agency's ability to respond to flooding incidents and the Environment Agency will minimise the impact on other front line services through the changes" he added.
GMB official Paul Maloney said that a planned protest has been organised "because last week's EA announcement that consultation on redundancies has been put on hold is a sham".
– GMB official Paul Malone
This meeting shows that the EA is pressing on with the 1,700 redundancies as soon as the floods have receded. Management wants the meeting to discuss how the delay in consultation impacts on the timetable for job losses.
This is a ludicrous state of affairs - have government learned nothing from the current floods?
At the root of the current flooding crisis are successive years of central government cuts that have trimmed maintenance budgets to unsustainable levels.
What we need to see now is a clear commitment from Government to stop the redundancy process and to take the job cuts off the table.
Union activists will stage a protest outside a meeting at which they fear details will be given of plans to press ahead with redundancies at the Environment Agency.
The GMB said an amended timetable for 1,700 job losses will be laid out despite assurances from the Prime Minister that no jobs would be lost while the flooding crisis continued.
The agency has announced that any redundancies have been suspended, but unions believe the position will change as soon as the flooding recedes.