Way back I suggested that once Surrey was hit, action would be taken. Not just because of politics but because of the demographic. In 2007. despite the Labour govt, it ddi not inconvenience middle ranking commuting civil servants. Maybe overstating the case, though I suspect the shrill wailing voices of the home counties were probably louder than the rather deeper voices of the north.
Of course, if this current weather really is because of climate change (not saying it isn't), then the remedy is going to be hugely expensive. Moving whole communities, restricting energy use and emissions. Flood defences will be the least of our worries.
I happen to trust the Met Office more than the civil service. I happen to trust the Environment Agency more than the civil service, too.
But still, goimng off todays situation, Hull, Doncaster and Tewksbury were badly treated back in 2007, and that was a different govt.