Rivers, streams, drains, gulley's and ditches are not dredged or cleaned anymore, so we face many weeks of flooding, flash-floods and general chaos.
Hundreds of Worcestershire families are still living in caravans or temporary accommodation since floodwater devastated their homes in July.
With more bad weather predicted, the Environment Agency has warned that river levels are yet to peak, urging people to be vigilant and move valuables upstairs and vehicles on to higher ground.
But for some they can only watch as the water once again laps towards their newly-decorated homes.
At this time of the year, I would normally be making preparations for the coming Canna season, but that is totally out of the question for the time-being.