So he ended up having to stay at my place out in the (mostly) dry, high and porous chalkiness of the Chiltern Hills and I volunteered to drive him home to deepest, dampest Gloucestershire this morning.
And what a moist treat it was! Apart from trying not to skid on the detritus left by flood waters yesterday, we also had to play dodgems with the hundreds of abandoned cars all over the roads. Oh what fun.
My heart genuinely goes out to those of you we splashed past as you baled out your living rooms and pumped dry your kitchens. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
And, finally, a quick curse word or two to you gas-guzzling nations who won't do anything about global warming and all of the other environmental madness you're inflicting on the rest of us. And to the 4x4 owners who smugly drove past all the eco-friendly flooded smaller cars. You lot are causing this.
You know who you are ...
Top photo: BBC. All others by me.