People evacuated from their homes in a flooded Lincolnshire town may not be able to return until Friday.
More than 580 homes in and around Wainfleet were evacuated after heavy rains led to the River Steeping bursting its banks on Wednesday.
Residents still in their homes have been told to avoid using toilets, showers and washing machines due to a strain on the sewerage system.
Powerful pumps are being used to try to reduce the water level.
The equivalent of about two months’ rain fell in two days, forcing 1,000 people out of their homes – about half the population – and flooding nearly 130 properties in the town.
In a tweet, the Environment Agency said it was “on the ground pumping water away” and had “shifted 225 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth of water” overnight.
It said river levels in the area were “slowly dropping”, but two flood warnings remain in place for the River Steeping.
However further rain is expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Meteorologist Dean Hall said: “We are keeping an eye on it as there could be some issues with surface water and flooding.”
Tamara Lowndes, who lives in Wainfleet, described the situation as “really frightening”.
“I’ve lived here 44 years and I’ve never ever seen anything like this,” she said.
“It really has been like a freak accident. It’s not something I want to see again.
“My 16-year-old son was wading through [water] taking sandbags and it was coming up to his waist on Thursday.”
Ms Lowndes said she and her family had been helping fellow residents and flood victims with relief efforts.
“The community have been incredible.
“We’ve had people from the surrounding areas bringing in food, donating money. It really has been incredible.
“Hopefully we’ll get Wainfleet back.”
Lincolnshire Police issued an advisory notice limiting the use of toilets, showers, dishwashers and washing machines.
They said people may have to stay away from their homes until the end of the week.
In total, six flood warnings are in place for England, mostly in the west and north-east Midlands.
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