Flood-hit communities should be given Government money to dredge and maintain their rivers to stop the threat of future damage to property, an MP has said.
Ian Liddell-Grainger, Conservative MP for Bridgwater in Somerset, said the county's constituents were "sick to death" of the situation in the South West, where communities have been cut off for weeks and homes are struggling under several inches of stagnant flood water, triggered by the high tides, heavy rainfall and gale force winds.
The MP hit out at the Environment Agency for what he described as its failure to dredge the river, and called on the Government to hand over money that would bring a reprieve to beleaguered communities.
He was speaking as communities across England and Wales were warned to be on their guard as water levels are expected to rise even further this weekend.
Mr Liddell-Grainger, who has just returned from a fact-finding mission in Europe, told Sky News: " Last year we had this (flooding), and this year we have got the same again. I've just had enough. We're just sick to death of it.
"They (the Environment Agency) need to dredge these rivers, stop spending money - £31 million - on bird sanctuaries and spend £5 million, that's all we want, to sort this out.
"[Counterparts in the Netherlands] have a very clear system which is, what comes first is the humans. I'm afraid the birds will fly off elsewhere.
"I've said to (Environment minister) Owen (Paterson) I'll make sure we get a price from the Netherlands. Let's talk to private contractors. If you look at the Environment Agency, first it will never be done, and second they will probably drop all the machines in the water."
He said the problems have arisen during the last two decades when the quango stopped dredging rivers.
"We haven't asked the Government for anything other than for £5 million and to get the Environment Agency off our backs. If they can do that, we can dredge it and we can keep it.
"We don't need a load of bush hookers who are absolutely useless stuck in London."
Mr Liddell-Grainger declined to embellish the phrase "bush hookers".
More than 450 weather warnings are currently in place over England and Wales.
The Environment Agency has especially warned those living in parts of south-west England and the Midlands to take care as it issued five severe flood warnings - meaning there is a danger to life - for the Cornwall and North Devon coasts and the River Severn, south of Gloucester.
Lesser warnings remain in place for many parts of Britain, including the already blighted Somerset Levels and west Wales.
The nationwide issue has prompted the UK Government's emergency committee Cobra to meet.
Kate Marks, the Environment Agency's flood risk manager, said: "A low pressure system combining with high tides brings a risk of coastal flooding to many parts of England.
"The risk is highest for south-west England, although many coastal areas will be affected and the public should stay away from coastlines and tidal areas and not drive through flood water."
She warned that gales and waves could lead to the breaching of flood defences and sea walls, property flooding and travel disruption.
Personnel from all three branches of the armed forces are currently on stand-by to help villages in Somerset cut off by the floods.
There has been growing discontent in the county, where criticism has been levied at the Government and environment officials for not doing enough.
Writing in the Western Daily Press, Prime Minister David Cameron said it was "not acceptable" for people to have to live in the conditions they have faced for the past month.
"Like everybody across the country I feel enormous sympathy for the people who live on the Somerset Levels and are suffering from the devastating impact of the flooding," he wrote.
"I know that a great deal of work has been done to try and alleviate the situation but it is not acceptable for people to have to live like this almost four weeks later - and I am not ruling out any option to get this problem sorted out.
"The Government is doing everything we can to help people recover as quickly as possible where they have suffered damage to their homes and businesses.
"Dredging will begin as soon it is safe to do so - and the Environment Agency will spend the coming months improving river flows across the South West, including dredging and weed clearance.
"But we need long-term action to reduce the risk of this happening again.
"That is why Owen Paterson is working with the Environment Agency and local agencies in Somerset to deliver a robust plan for the next 20 years.
"I want to reassure people in Somerset that I am making sure everything that can be done is being done - every resource is being made available to keep Somerset moving and make it a prosperous place for those that live and work there."