The chairman of the Environment Agency Lord Smith admitted he "could have been better" during the flooding crisis and said the country needs to take a "serious look" at how it prepares for more extreme weather.
Lord Smith said: "I should have worked harder to do that - i.e. I probably should have gone down there earlier than I did."
He later added: ""Now, we need to have a serious look as a country at how we prepare ourselves for that and how we build our flood defences."
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.