Two high-volume pumps imported from the Netherlands have started work to try to reduce the water levels on the flooded Somerset Levels.
The Dutch equipment has been installed at Dunball, north of Bridgwater, to pump water from the most saturated parts of the Levels into the River Parrett and out to sea.
The Environment Agency (EA) said the scheme would reduce the flood risk in the villages of Northmoor and Saltmoor by reducing the water levels on the River Tone.
Some parts of the Levels have been flooded since Christmas and the rising water has caused dozens of homes to flood, closed roads, cut off villages and disrupted rail services.
Two of the 13 high-capacity Dutch pumps have been located at Dunball while others have been installed in Beerwall.
In total the EA has 96 pumps in use and is currently pumping from the Levels enough water daily to fill Wembley Stadium three times.
But it has warned there is a continued high risk of flooding into the weekend.
Meanwhile, some local residents have criticised the authorities' response to the flooding crisis.
Around 300 members of the public attended a public meeting in Huntworth last night to air their concerns at the ongoing floods on the Levels – accusing the EA of sacrificing villages to prevent the flood water reaching Bridgwater.
The agency has constructed a temporary earth bank between the villages of Moorland and Huntworth to try to hold water back from the town, where around 1,000 homes on the outskirts are at risk of flooding. Residents in the village of Westonzoyland fear their homes could be flooded because water is being pumped into the King's Sedgemoor Drain relief channel close to their properties in order to protect Bridgwater.
But the agency said additional flood defence measures are being installed to make sure that does not happen.
"There has been some concern raised about a number of locations in that relief channel, such as Aller Drove and Westonzoyland," Jim Flory, area environment manager, said.
"The key thing to emphasise by releasing water from the River Parrett into the River Sowy is a controlled process and we do it by opening and shutting the sluice gates.
"We will be gradually opening it very incrementally and very carefully monitor it to make sure that the additional pumps we have put in are bringing the water through and not causing additional problems elsewhere.
"To make sure we are being completely secure in what we are doing we have put in some additional flood defences around Aller Drove and parts of Westonzoyland."
Meanwhile, the leader of Somerset County Council is backing the call by the Prime Minister for utility companies to do their bit to help victims of flooding. Councillor John Osman said some victims were facing hefty energy bills.