The chairman of the Environment Agency, Lord Smith, has arrived in Somerset to meet residents affected by the flooding.
Speaking to reporters at a Wetlands Visitor Centre in Stoke St Gregory, he said he was very proud of his staff's work in recent months.
"We have been faced with the most extreme weather that we have seen for years," he said.
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.