Before the Somerset Levels were drained in Medieval times many villages stood isolated as islands.
Since the torrential rain of last week some communities have returned to their ancient roots - the village of Muchelney, near Huish Episcopi, has been cut off by flood water since Saturday. It is expected to remain like that for at least another week.
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.