'Largest deployment of fire & rescue since WWII'

The Government's chief fire and rescue adviser Peter Holland said that 70% of the fire and rescue services in England and Wales were now involved in the flood relief effort.

Members of the RSPCA rescue residents in Egham, Surrey. Credit: PA

"We are now seeing the largest deployment of fire and rescue service assets since the Second World War," Mr Willison said.

A house surrounded by floodwater in Egham, Surrey. Credit: PA

Hundreds of properties remain at risk of flooding, the Environment Agency has warned.

A man makes his way through floodwater in Egham, Surrey. Credit: PA

It could take weeks for communities to return to normal, the agency said, as the Met Office warned of heavy rain and high winds with gusts of up to 80mph in southern England.

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Ed Miliband to call for faster flooding insurance claims

Insurance bosses will meet ministers to discuss their response to the flood crisis. Victims have received £14m in emergency payments so far. Ed Miliband will call for faster processing of insurance claims when he too meets industry representatives.