Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman told the BBC today that she wanted to “praise” emergency services and the local authority for “swinging into action” in dealing with adverse weather conditions.
It was very important that people listened out for flood warnings and also took out insurance, she said.
"It's the Government's job to try to make sure that insurance is universally available and affordable, we are very close to an agreement with the insurance industry that will really take that forward into the future."
The vast majority of homes left without power following this week's freak storms have been reconnected, according to suppliers.
Heavy rain has brought traffic chaos to the UK as flood waters closed railway lines and roads, and brought black-outs to the North East
Widespread disruption is expected to blight major transport routes for a second day after fierce storms battered England.