England and Wales have endured the wettest winter since 1766, the Met Office said.
It said in a statement "new records have been set for many parts of the United Kingdom, with southeast and central southern England having seen well over double the rainfall expected in a normal winter," Reuters reported. The recent floods damaged businesses, crops, homes and disrupted transport. Analysts at Deloitte L.L.P. estimate repairs may cost £1 billion ($1.66 billion).