People living in flood-hit streets at Egham in Surrey have accused the authorities of abandoning them.
Residents of South Avenue say their pleas for sandbags have been ignored, they were forced to organise their own evacuation and thieves have been breaking into houses.
The road is one of several streets close to the Thames where parked cars are half-submerged in the waist-high water.
Resident Stuart Brill said he had to rely on a relative driving 160 miles from Devon to help move his family to safety.
Colin Hall, a 72-year-old who refuses to leave, was in tears as he told ITV News he was desperate for sandbags.
Another resident Keith McGill said he was furious with the local council because of the lack of help.
Mr McDill said the police had warned him there were "reports of pilfering" from abandoned properties.