"I think we've been very lucky that nobody was killed."
That was the stark message uttered by the Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths this week.
We've all seen the pictures and heard the eyewitness testimony but only now we're realising how big Storm Dennis was.
Record Breaking Figures: At the peak of the storm there were 61 flood alerts, 89 flood warnings and two severe flood warnings in force.
The rivers Taff and Usk reached their highest levels in more than 40 years.
At its peak, 900 tonnes of water per second was flowing down the River Taff.
It was 80cm higher than in 1979 when Cardiff was flooded.
Nobody can put a figure on how much the flooding and damage will cost the public purse. The Welsh Government can only say "tens of millions" while assessments are still made.
In Rhondda Cynon Taf alone the council estimate a bill of around £30 million pounds.
There will be costs for individuals and businesses damaged by the flooding.
One MedTech firm in Nantagw told ITV Wales they've lost between £15-£20 million pounds in stock.
In one Rhondda town, Pentre, the local MP calculates nearly £1 million of cars have been written off by the floods.
More than a thousand homes were flooded and around 300 businesses.
Around 650 homes of those homes were in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Many families and individuals have been placed into temporary accommodation or staying with family. It means some streets are almost abandoned.
Flood victims in RCT are being offered £500 to help with essentials.
The Welsh Government is also offering up to £1000.
The full scale of the damage is still being assessed. Roads will need repairing, bridges in need of replacing.
Then there are longer term issues.
The coal tip landslide in the Rhondda has made the inspection of old slag tips a top political issue.
There are more than 1,200 tips across the former mining areas of south Wales, many of them were abandoned over a century ago and they are on a mix of public and private hands.
Since the landslide on the 16th of February - engineers have been inspecting tips and their safety.
The Welsh and UK Government have spoken about the issue and different agencies, including the Coal Authority, Natural Resources Wales and local authorities to ensure there is a full picture about the current checks and monitoring systems.
First Minister Mark Drakeford says work is ongoing to produce a "really reliable map" of the tips which are the greatest case for concern.
See footage from the Rhondda landslide below.
So who's footing the bill?
Requests have been made to the UK Government for financial assistance. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said money will be "passported through" to help deal with flooding in Wales.
Mark Drakeford said he was encouraged by the Prime Minister's comments.