As residents are being urged to evacuate their homes on the Somerset Levels, locals are blaming the authorities for the "devastation".
The criticism comes just before the chairman of the Environment Agency visits the area today for the first time since it was hit by floods.
Royal Marines who had been in the region building sandbag defences were drafted in to assist with the evacuation of residents in the village of Moorland this morning.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said that people in around 80 homes in Moorland were urged to evacuate , but a handful of people have chosen to remain in their homes.
Police were "strongly advising" residents to heed their advice.
Another night of heavy rain overwhelmed local flood defences and the water level began to rise.
R esidents from nearby Northmoor, Fordgate and Saltmoor on the Levels had already been warned to evacuate last night.
A police spokesman said: "Earlier this morning local flood defences were breached and the water level in Moorland began rising.
"We are have been informing local residents and strongly advising them to leave the area.
"The Royal Marines and search and rescue volunteers are assisting us with this."
Julian Taylor, who was evacuated on Wednesday and has moved into a holiday cottage, said: "It's pretty disastrous. You're leaving your property, you're leaving everything you have. You don't know what the future is.
"You couldn't live in a house with nine inches of water on the bottom floor."
The local councillor, whose house is in Fordgate, said he really does not know what his next move will be, and said there has been "very bad coordination by the police and by the Environment Agency".
"We're not being informed. We're not being kept together," he said.
Mr Taylor added: "I think it's all very well for politicians in Westminster to send condolences and say that they're going to do things, but the issue is now that we're reaping failure of something like about 50 years of bad maintenance and short-term policies.
"And it's individual suffering of people having to cope...I've seen farming friends pushed to the brink of disaster on their farms."
He said whole families are being uprooted from houses they've lived in for generations, and said that if the area had received a "proper response from the government last year" they would not be in this position today.
Jan MacEacharn was one of the residents in Moorland who has decided to stay. She said the water had not yet entered her home.
She told BBC Breakfast that she could not leave because she had a horse, cats and a dog that she did not want to leave behind.
"Everybody in this village is in absolute devastation," she said. "There's not a single person in this village that has got their home left."
Farmer Jenny Winslade said locals "know how the area works" and said they warned the Environment Agency in December that this was going to happen.
"Nobody listened to us. We know how the water works. Just listen to the locals," she told the programme.
Ms Winslade said she did not think people were "refusing" to leave, but that it was more a case of logistics.
"It's very, very, very difficult to get out. We were struggling yesterday with tractors. They're just worrying about their pets, they're worried about...if they can hang on as long as they can. I just think that they can't see any other way of doing it.
"I think the army definitely need to go in there this morning and help the people out, because I think they probably just can't see where they're going to go and how it's going to work," she said.
Nick Ball, who lives on the edge of Moorland, told the programme that while there are only a handful of people remaining, the people who do want to stay are "determined to stay".
He said that while his property was not yet underwater the water levels were visibly rising.
Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith will arrive in the region amid criticism of claims he made in a newspaper interview that Britain may have to choose whether it wants to save "town or country" from future flooding because it is too costly to defend both.
The agency has been under fire from some residents who believe river dredging could have helped reduce flooding.
Around 5,000 properties have been affected by flooding across the country, including 40 in Somerset.
Severe weather alerts were in place for south east England, the South West and Wales as further torrential downpours arrived overnight, with more wet weather forecast.
The Daily Telegraph reported that days before the recent winter storms, the EA is said to have told peers that it could not act to protect the railway line at Dawlish, Devon, from the sea until it had studied the impact of any improvements on local birdlife.
The line at Dawlish was this week severely damaged by the surging sea amid winter storms, leaving much of Devon and Cornwall cut off from the rest of the country by rail.
But the EA rejected this, with a spokeswoman saying they "do not recognise the description of the recent meeting with Network Rail and Peers".
She added: "The focus of the meeting was to discuss the Exeter Flood Risk Management scheme and its interaction with the rail mainline going into Exeter St Davids."
Details of Lord Smith's visit to Somerset, which comes a week after Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was heckled by local residents, have not been released.
The Prime Minister, who chaired a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee last night, has insisted he would visit Somerset himself "when the time is right".
David Cameron said he wanted to reassure people affected by the floods that the Government was keeping up its "urgent response".
He said: "I have chaired another Cobra meeting...to ensure we continue to do everything possible to help communities affected by these storms.
"Royal Marine Commandos from Taunton have been deployed in Somerset to fill sandbags and provide relief to the local emergency services, as more bad weather is forecast.
"The Environment Agency has ordered specialist pumping equipment to clear roads, in addition to the extra pumps we have already sent, and they will keep looking at all options for pumping and dredging.
"In Dawlish, National Rail is undertaking a full inspection of the railway line and working with Army engineers on options to shore up the damaged section: a regular rail replacement service is now in place.
"Across the country another £30 million will be spent on urgent flood defence repairs this year, on top of the £100 million next year which I announced (on Wednesday).
"I want to reassure everyone affected by these terrible storms that we will continue to keep up our urgent response and help get them back on the move."
Cornwall county councillor for Porthleven and Helston West Andrew Wallis told the Today programme: "We are looking at damage around Cornwall in excess of £15 million. A lot of our infrastructure has been damaged and we are cut off from England. We've really taken a bit of a battering in Cornwall, plus we are getting more.
"It's the 21st century and Cornwall has no mainline railway. If you look round Cornwall, Kingsand has lost its clock tower, Newlyn has lost its green, completely taken away by the sea, and we are expecting a lot more.
"The leader of Cornwall Council has asked the Government for help, because it's very difficult with the ongoing cuts from central Government to Cornwall Council to actually afford these repairs. What we are asking for is help in repairing our infrastructure.
"We are looking at a further £196 million of cuts over the next four to five years, we have very small reserves and this repair will have to come out of reserves. If we have to spend money on repairing, that's less money for services."
Mr Wallis said the response from central Government had been "quite mute so far". Councillors were now asking for a meeting with ministers and will lobby them to apply to the EU for support from the Solidarity Fund.