Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has complained to Downing Street about Communities Secretary Eric Pickles' criticism of the Environment Agency, the Press Association reports.
Mr Paterson was leading the government response until he was forced to take leave for an eye operation. Mr Pickles is standing in for him on a temporary basis.
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.