Homes have been evacuated and a major incident declared as flood waters breached a river bank in Lincolnshire.
Three streets have been cleared with about 100 people moved from their homes at Wainfleet All Saints.
The River Steeping has burst its banks and the RAF has been asked to help plug the breach as the county council said it presented a “risk to residents”.
Elsewhere rail and road travel has been hit by the weather and there are numerous flood warnings in place.
Lincolnshire County Council issued guidance to residents in Wainfleet which included advice on not using domestic toilets as this would add “pressure to the system”.
The Environment Agency has issued dozens of flood warning and alerts across the country.
The majority were across the Midlands and North West, although they extended as far as Northumberland and Christchurch in Dorset.
The River Steeping also burst its banks at Thorpe St Peter near Skegness, Lincolnshire, on Wednesday night.
Jean Hart, who has lived in the town for 40 years, said it was the worst flooding she had ever seen.
“To see our house underwater is absolutely horrendous,” she said.
Emergency services have said they will rescue her tortoise Mr T from her home, while she has already been reunited with her cat Aurora.
Updates from the Cannock Chase Radio News Desk via BBC Birmingham and Black Country