Ministers insisted that the authorities were doing "everything possible" and the military was on standby as the country braced for further heavy rain and gale force winds.
Severe flood warnings, where there is a danger to life, remain in place along stretches of the River Thames west of London and on the Somerset Levels. Severe flood warnings remain in place along stretches of the River Thames west of London.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from homes along the Thames after its burst its banks in Surrey and Berkshire, with thousands more at risk as water levels are expected to rise even further today.
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Thursday night's weather for the east of the region
Thursday night's weather for the west of the region