The heavy rain is putting pressure on the sewerage systems that carry water away from our homes. Many have been deluged, meaning that over-flow systems have had to be used.
On Portland in Dorset, that has lead to raw sewage being discharged on to the shingle of the world famous Chesil Beach.
Our environment correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports:
Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from homes in Barnstaple after the River Yeo burst its banks.
A woman spent 50 minutes clinging to a branch after being swept away from her flooded car at Umberleigh in North Devon.
Braunton's brand new flood defences were unable to withstand their first test of flooding.