Rose and Bob Kitts have been flooded three times in the last year. They now say the council needs to take responsibility. They claim flood defences have previously been put in place - but have failed.
Essex Fire Service said firefighters and control operators dealt with some 500 flood and weather related incidents and calls from around 3pm yesterday.
Of those more than 400 were from Canvey Island - the worst hit area in the county. Seven pumping appliances focused on the south east corner of the island where the flooding was most severe.
Homes and communities in south-east England were flooded after heavy downpours yesterday, with people stranded in vehicles, roads blocked by rising waters and properties damaged by lightning.
Essex Fire and Rescue Service said hundreds of properties were affected in Canvey Island and resources were stretched as crews were called to incidents in Southend, Harlow and Ongar, compounded by striking union members.
The police watchdog has assured the family of a man who died after falling from a jetty when he was arrested for not paying council tax that it will hold a "rigorous inquiry".
Steven Bore was arrested on February 17 after two officers went to a houseboat in Canvey Island at around midnight.
As they were escorting the 31-year-old from the boat in Smallgains Marina, he fell about four feet from the jetty onto an embankment.
Mr Bore was taken to hospital in an ambulance but was pronounced dead at around 2.45am.Staff from watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have met with his family to explain how their investigation is progressing.