But in all of this spare a thought for animals in affected areas.
When our city Hull experienced so-called once in a thousand years summer flooding in 2007 many homes were flooded simply because the waterlogged ground could not take any more rainfall.
The waters just rose as residents looked on.
It was a day's events but it took people some time to recover. Like many others we spent many months waiting for renovation to start followed by around six months living in a crappy caravan on our garden. I say crappy as it was.
Our two dogs were confused and more when the waters rose. Our bitch Jessie would not pee as each time she squatted down the early inches of water was there. Eventually she was persuaded to pee on an old curtain in our home.
We were lucky as we only had secondary flooding but it was still a nightmare; how much worse if you have feet of water entering your home; how much worse if you are already living in poverty.
All things are relative but when flooding hits you it hits hard.
When Hull was awash local dog charities and kennels struggled to rescue animals from their temporary homes.
In cases of severe flooding or natural disasters animals sometimes have to be left behind.
This week we have already seen an image of sheep stranded on a strip of land surrounded by swirling flood waters.
Twitter these days is a good source of news and on the spot images and we would like to thank Benjamin Myers a freelance journalist for The Guardian/Mojo/New Statesman etc. for the image of a cat rescue. He is in the thick of the flooding in the Calder Valley, UK.
In 2016 the UK government is set to launch a new insurance scheme but you have to wonder if it will in light of recent flooding. The scheme will help previous flood victims get affordable insurance.
The government scheme is scheduled to go live April 2016 but that will not help Christmas 2015 flood victims.
Like many others we found after our flood experience that insurance was not easy to get even though we had been claim free for decades. The Labour government of the day offered some protection to flood victims in the first few years but once this was removed our premiums went through the roof.
The only way we could afford to insure our property was by adding an excessive excess to the policy.
When flooding hits you can feel so alone; you may have insurance but the claiming process is never easy; it is always full of hassle and lengthy.
At time of writing there have been no recorded flood deaths which is good news; in 2007 a local young man died.
But I wonder how many animals may have died.