Prime Minister David Cameron has said the government is doing "every single thing we can" in what he said "is a very tough situation caused by some of the most severe weather we've seen for many, many years."
He also backed the chairman of the Environment Agency, Lord Smith, after calls for him to resign, saying :"This is not the time to change personnel here, this is the time to get on and do everything we can to help people.
"I back the Environment Agency, I back the work they're doing....that's all I'm interested in at the moment."
"Right now everybody's got to focus at the job in hand", he added.
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.