The gold commander in the Surrey and east Berkshire area has said that there was not much that could have been done to save the village of Wraysbury.
Assistant Chief Constable John Campbell, of Thames Valley Police, said: "One of the unfortunate things about Wraysbury as a location is there are limited flood defences that can take effect around that location."
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that "at least 100 soldiers and military personnel" have now been deployed to the village.
A man who built a clay wall in order to protect his house from the rising waters said he has two days before the flooding finally hits.
ITV News correspondent Dan Rivers has been travelling down the River Thames to see the effects of flooding on Windsor, Eton and Maidenhead.
Towns and villages along a stretch of the River Thames have been deluged leading to emergency evacuations.