Some have led from the front, but is the flow of cash there to stem the deluge?
A veteran politician once issued a stark warning to an enthusiastic young colleague who felt compelled to rush to a flood scene and be seen to be with constituents.
"The first politician to arrive is often at grave risk of ending up owning the entire calamity and all its consequences," the wise old politico warned.
That was long before the era of Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, now minister responsible for flood relief, who sped to Donegal at first opportunity this week and spent two days bearing witness and offering help. Interestingly, his senior government party colleague, Shane Ross, also followed Boxer's hands-on example.