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Some areas of Southern England have experienced their wettest January on record, according to Met Office figures.
The area from East Devon to Kent and inland across parts of the midlands has already seen twice the average rainfall for the month, since Met Office records began in 1910.
Bosses of some of Britain's biggest energy distributors will appear in front of MPs later to answer explain their response to the Christmas floods.
Companies running energy grids and networks were berated for a slow response as thousands of customers spent Christmas Day without power.
Energy chiefs will face interrogation the Energy and Climate Change committee in a one-off evidence session at 9:30am.
The Local Government Association said that with an existing £10.5 billion repair backlog for highways, the Government's Bellwin Scheme is not adequate funding to cover repairs caused by the severe weather, and local councils have been left with a "daunting trail of destruction."
– Mike Jones, the LGA's environment and housing board chairman
The severe weather has left behind a daunting trail of destruction for councils to clear-up and fix.
...While we are pleased the Bellwin Scheme will be activated, the fact remains that Bellwin is severely limited as it does not cover most capital costs.
An emergency highways maintenance fund would provide essential support to those councils who now face hefty and unexpected repair bills as a result of the flooding.
These bills are likely to place significant financial pressures on already stretched council finances and it is vital that local communities are not left to suffer as a result.
Flood Recovery Minister Brandon Lewis said "the Government is now fully focused on helping those affected get back on their feet", adding that it was "providing over £3.4 billion in this Parliament and over £5.8 billion in the next for local highways maintenance."
Councils who are faced with repair bills running into hundreds of millions of pounds in the wake of heavy rain and flooding are calling on the Government for help.
The Local Government Association wants the Department for Transport to create a highways maintenance emergency fund, similar to the one set up in 2007 following severe flooding, to help affected local authorities with funding for emergency and unforeseeable works to their local roads network.
The LGA said that the Government help plan - the Bellwin Scheme - to assist in times of extreme floods - only goes so far and warned that vital investment in local growth and infrastructure projects could suffer if government does not step in to ease the cost of flood repairs.
Police have confirmed that a body found in the sea at Noss Mayo on 11 January was that of missing teenager Harry Martin, who was last seen on 2 January after leaving his home to take photographs of the stormy weather.
His body was found on Saturday and formal identification took place yesterday.
An inquest is due to open on Monday.
Communities in Dorset, South Wiltshire, Somerset and the Thames Valley have been urged to remain vigilant for continued flooding from groundwater and rivers.
The Environment Agency said flooding will continue along the River Thames over the coming days, with a potential flooding around the Chertsey Lakes.
It said groundwater levels remain very high in many places, including West Dorset, Cranborne Chase and Salisbury Plain.
River levels also remain high in parts of Hampshire, West Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire and along the River Severn in Worcester and Gloucestershire.
Environment Agency flood risk manager, Katharine Evans, said: “Teams continue to work to work around the clock, maintaining flood defences, clearing watercourses and deploying pumps and temporary defences to protect communities at risk.
Communities along the River Thames in Surrey should remain prepared for further flooding, the head of flood incident management for the Environment Agency has warned, as more rain is expected to fall over the next few days.
Craig Woolhouse said: "The River Thames is continuing to respond to the recent rainfall.
"River levels will remain high for the next few days and we urge people keep up to date with the latest flood warnings and take action.
"With so much standing water around, we would also remind people to stay out of flood water and not attempt to walk or drive through it."
The Environment Agency has said residents living along the lower reaches of the River Thames in Surrey should remain prepared for further flooding as water levels continue to rise.
The Thames is expected to stop rising today, but it may be some days before the levels are back to normal, it said.
– Environment Agency
There is also an ongoing risk of flooding from the Rivers Parret in Somerset and the Severn in the Midlands. High groundwater levels mean we are likely to see continued flooding in areas such as the Somerset levels and moors, Dorset and Wiltshire.