Young added that despite having a legal requirement and responsibility to plan in the event of a major flood, power and water utilities, plus other local services, were still relying on the Environment Agency to plan for them.
"The sort of event that we saw in July will become increasingly frequent," she explained.
"They [the utilities] have got a legal responsibility to plan for contingencies. We want to underline that by getting a clause in the Climate Change Bill that says they have a responsibility to plan for adaptation to climate change, and we want an overview role to ensure that they do."
Young said the Agency had identified the amount of "critical public infrastructure" in vulnerable areas on the flood plain. It was, she said, "a big number".
She cited infrastructure, such as roads, railways, electricity distribution stations, sewage treatment works, water works, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, health centres and schools as vital to maintaining the fabric of society.
"What we are pushing for is that the responsibility that each of these providers has for its own resilience actually gets pressed home and water and electricity companies do the job of looking at what could go wrong and put in proper flood defences," she said.