Yes it has rained a lot and for a long time, but this is the UK where it rains a lot and for a long time.
So whats different this time?
Not dredging rivers is the obvious mistake? of is it?
I suggest the deliberate choice to abandon water management (dredging rivers, clearing culverts, chines, road drains, etc,etc) by the last 3 Government.s The Environment Agency bending to pressure groups such as RSPB, save the water voles, etc, etc allowing what money that was available to be frittered away saving animals not protecting lives and property.
So you see BLAME can be apportioned and My Mate Dave doesn't want to attract any blame especially as the election is just round the corner, as it was succinctly put earlier
affluent are in the effluent it matters
So send in the Army after you made 20,000 of them redundant and look for a scape goat, thankfully one of Blair's cronies head the EA, phew that was stroke of luck.
Is it political, "YES" the south overreacting "YES", media frenzy "YES or it's actually worse than it looks "Its bad but in comparison to 2008 not really"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26165914 First few mins London 1947