Figures received by ITV News suggest any failure to invest money in flood defences and dredging could have been a false economy.
Prince Charles appeared to criticise efforts to help flood victims in today saying: The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long."
Ministers have been steering clear of flooded Somerset - but for how long? But after Prince Charles' visit, don't expect it to last.
Downing Street have tiptoed around the comments from Prince Charles about how long residents in Somerset have had to wait to get a response to the flooding.
A spokesman said the Prime Minister "has repeatedly said that the situation is unacceptable" and "desperate."
He said the government is "working as hard as possible" to resolve the problem and added: "The local communities will have welcomed the Prince of Wales' visit."
High sea levels combined with strong winds and large waves will increase the risk of coastal flooding along the south west and southern coasts of England tonight, the Environment Agency has warned.
Further rain could also cause river and surface flooding in the south and west of England as well as parts of the Midlands.
There are currently 44 flood warnings and 157 flood alerts in place across England and Wales, with more expected to be issued along the Dorset coastline in time for the Wednesday morning high tide.
“With further river and coastal flooding expected this week we have teams working around the clock to protect homes and communities, and over 117,000 homes have been protected over the past three days," John Curtin, head of Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said.
“Strong winds and waves could be dangerous, and we would urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades for fear of being swept away, and not to drive through flood water. We have particular concern for West Bay, Weymouth, Preston Beach and Chiswell in Dorset.”
Prince Charles has said the "tragedy" in flood-hit Somerset "is that nothing happened for so long" to help as he met local residents, farmers and emergency services personnel who have been affected.
Speaking at a reception, the Prince of Wales said: "There's nothing like a jolly good disaster to get people to start doing something. The tragedy is that nothing happened for so long."
Earlier, Charles offered his support to the region by pledging a £50,000 donation which will be used to provide emergency relief grants to small businesses and those affected by the flooding.
Prince Charles has been transported by boat to the cut-off village of Muchelney in Somerset.
The prince was then given a tour of the area on the back of a tractor, to see for himself what locals have had to deal with in the flood-hit region.
The Prince of Wales was meeting residents, farmers and business owners in his tour of Somerset.
Prince Charles has met with residents affected by the fierce flooding in Somerset.
The prince made his visit during a sunny spell, although another wave of bad weather is expected to hit the region between 3-pm today and 11pm tomorrow, according to Met Office forecasters.
The Prince will also talk to residents, farmers and business owners in Muchelney.
Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith has said that dredging Somerset's Tone and Parrett rivers would have to be "an element" of plans to manage the flood risk in future.
Speaking to Sky News, Lord Smith said he had not yet visited the Somerset Levels since they were submerged, but has visited the area on three occasions over the past year and "will be going back there."
The Environment Agency chairman earlier admitted to ITV News that "we could have done better" in tackling the flooded areas in Somerset.
Maria Eagle said a better understanding of the challenges posed by climate change was the answer to solving the flooding crisis.
She also criticised the environment minister Owen Patterson for being part of the "headless chicken brigade" of climate sceptics and said he needed to "get on with it".
The Prince of Wales will visit flood-hit communities today where he will be introduced to residents, farmers and members of the emergency services who have been affected by the recent flooding on the Somerset Levels.
Charles will visit the village of Muchelney, which has been cut off for a month, and a local farming family at Langport, where he will see damage caused by the flood waters.
The area has seen some of the worst flooding in living memory, with villages cut off and hundreds of homes and businesses flooded.
Charles, who is a patron of the Prince's Countryside Fund, has a long-held commitment to supporting Britain's hard-pressed rural areas.
The fund allocates grants to rural projects twice a year and also reserves a portion of its income to be used in times of crisis.
Some areas of Southern England have experienced their wettest January on record, according to Met Office figures.
The area from East Devon to Kent and inland across parts of the midlands has already seen twice the average rainfall for the month, since Met Office records began in 1910.