Prime Minister David Cameron has this morning visited flood victims in Longford.
The PM stopped off at the flood-hit area of Gloucester to meet residents at the Queen's Head pub.
He was then expected to make his way to the Gloucestershire TriService Emergency Centre, at Waterwells, as part of the visit to the city.
He has vowed to visit every flood-hit area around the country "to try and learn lessons" after speaking with residents in one of the country's most flooded towns.
Mr Cameron defended the Government's handling of the crisis and hit back at criticism. He described the floods as a "tragedy" while unveiling £10 million of support for flood-hit businesses to help them keep trading.
Mr Cameron said it was not fair to suggest the Government was on the back foot over its handling of unprecedented national flooding, adding that the Cobra emergency committee had been meeting since water levels started rising before Christmas.
"I don't really think that's fair at all," he said of criticism.
"When the bad weather and flooding started before Christmas in Norfolk, we had Cobra - the emergency committee - meet then.
"Then it met again after Christmas to talk about the problems in Kent and Somerset.
"I visited Norfolk and I've been up in Blackpool, here now in the West Midlands, and in the West Country.
"I'll try to get to every part of the country that's been affected so that we can learn all the lessons.
"But in Worcestershire we can recognise that the flood investment that went in after 2007 has made a real difference, with hundreds of properties protected."
He added that Government spending on flood defences had been increased to £2.4 billion in the current four-year period - an rise of £200 million over the previous spending period under the Labour government.
Mr Cameron told the Citizen newspaper: “We have been investing a lot of money into the flood defences than ever before. We have seen a massive improvement in the defences. Homes in Tewkesbury this time round have been better.”
He also went on to say that he noticed ‘bravery and courage’ from residents across Gloucester.
Many communities in the worst-hit areas remain on high alert, with rivers and flood plains still swollen with water, and more bad weather is forecast.
Sporadic rain is expected in the coming days, bringing fears of the possibility of water levels rising once again, but forecasters are predicted a largely drier week ahead.
Another spell of rain is expected in the South West today, the Met Office said, with 0.4in (10mm) to 0.8in (20mm) falling quite widely and up to 1.6in (40mm) over higher ground, exacerbating the problems for areas already flooded.
The EA said 16 severe flood warnings remain in place for the South West and the Thames Valley, with nearly 130 flood warnings and more than 180 flood alerts.