The cataclysm has happened

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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: the first paragraph of this novel .…)

Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles.

I feel the catalysm refer to both World War One and the devastating flood mentioned in Bible. And Lawrence is likening the war into the flood.

Is that right please?
Thank you in advance
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