More parts of the UK could face flood misery after forecasters warned that some parts of the UK will be hit by torrential downpours overnight.
Severe weather alerts have been put in place for south east England, the south west and Wales.
Some parts in the regions can expect between 30mm and 40mm of rainfall overnight, with some areas of Somerset and Dorset being hit by up to 20mm of rain in just two to three hours, the Met Office said.
The news comes as Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said that the Government would provide £130 million for emergency repairs and maintenance.
Mr Pickles, who was standing in for Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, who was undergoing emergency eye surgery on his retina, told the Commons that the severe weather had caused damage to the transport network and sea defences as well as power lines.
Homes in flood-hit areas have been evacuated and gusts of winds and storms have destroyed a stretch of railway track in Dawlish, Devon.
P rime Minister David Cameron will chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee later today, Mr Pickles said.
Britain has been battered by heavy rain and gale force winds and the relentless adverse weather shows no sign of abating.
Hundreds of flood alerts have been issued, including two severe warnings, signifying a danger to life.
The Met Office said that i t has been the wettest December and January combined for more than 100 years.
Across the UK, r ain fell on 23 out of the 31 days in January.
There was 183.8mm of rainfall in January, 51% higher than the average.
Between mid-December and the end of January, southern England was deluged with over five months' worth of rainfall, figures show.
And there is no reprieve in sight, with forecasters predicting more rain in coming days.
Met Office spokeswoman Laura Young said: "There is this deep depression that is going to bring a further 20mm to 40mm of rain tonight to the south west, the south east coast and south Wales.
"Locally you could see 10mm to 20mm falling within a two to three hour period over Somerset and Dorset during tonight."
She said there will be a short reprieve tomorrow morning before the whole of the UK will be "engulfed" by heavy rain overnight on Friday.
"We are looking at another 10mm to 20 mm widespread, it will be heaviest across southern England," she said.
" Locally in the area within the amber warning you could see 30mm so it will lead to further flooding unfortunately."
On Saturday, severe winds will batter the UK.
"It's going to be incredibly windy," Ms Young added.
Some areas of exposed coastline could see gusts of wind of more than 80mph she said.
Mr Pickles said that 5,000 properties have been affected by flooding, including 40 in Somerset.
Many flood-hit homes on the Somerset Levels have already been evacuated, and further rainfall raises the prospect of more residents having to leave their houses.
T he Environment Agency warned that th e risk of flooding from rivers and surface water in the south west, central and south east of England will be exacerbated as averse weather conditions strike on Thursday , Friday and Saturday.
The a gency said that the severe flood warnings in Somerset remain in place today as successive bands of rain show no signs of easing.
A spokesman said that teams were working to pump water away from the Somerset Levels.
" The pumping operation on the Somerset Levels continues around the clock, with up to 2.9 million tonnes of water being pumped off the Levels every day - the equivalent of three Wembley Stadiums," he said.
Severe weather is set to return to the coast on Saturday, with large waves and strong gusts of wind expected to cause flooding on the Devon and Dorset coasts, he added.
Paul Mustow, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: "With no let up of this severe weather, the Environment Agency continues to have teams out on the ground who are working around the clock to protect homes and communities.
"Over 160,000 properties have been protected over the past five days.
"We're preparing for yet more heavy rain into the weekend, which is falling on already saturated ground following the wettest January on record.
"We are also prepared for the risks of more coastal flooding.
"We urge people to stay safe and not to walk or drive through flood water which can be dangerous and to take care near coastal paths and promenades for fear of being swept away."
Meanwhile, t he Prime Minister's official spokesman said that Network Rail were in discussions with the Ministry of Defence to determine whether the Armed Forces were able to provide assistance with disruption to railway services.
Asked whether this could mean the Army being sent in to help mend the track at Dawlish, the spokesman said: "The Prime Minister has said that he is ruling nothing out in terms of providing assistance."
When a sked whether Mr Cameron planned to visit the areas affected by flooding, the spokesman added: "The Prime Minister's focus is absolutely on ensuring - and I think this is what is of greatest importance to the local communities who are so severely affected - bringing as many resources as are needed to bear in terms of providing relief, co-ordinated by Cobra, which the PM will be chairing again today.
"I think that is the right thing for him to be focused on."