Wait for a response to floods has been too long
It hasn't been declared but, with so much of the countryside inundated, we are rapidly facing a national emergency on flooding.
Today, the Cabinet is finally meeting over the crisis. More than 600 homes have been flooded and prevention operations are taking place in over 300 locations. More rain fell this December than normally falls in an entire winter.
Politicians cannot be blamed for the weather but they will be judged by their response to this escalating crisis.