Further heavy rain is expected to bring more misery to areas that have already seen widespread flooding. There are 49 flood warnings in place in the South this afternoon. River levels have been rising steadily in counties including Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset following days of downpours.
Rivers including the Hampshire Avon through Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset and the Stour in Dorset showed little signs of receding. Communities along the River Thames throughout Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire have also been warned that they are at risk of flooding.
New photos taken by the Environment Agency show the scale of the flooding in the Arun valley south of Pulborough.
MPs have said it is vital that Defra preserves its ability to respond to emergencies, such as the recent flooding, despite deep cuts.
Why has Britain been battered by a seemingly endless series of severe storms since the start of December?