A MOTORIST had to be rescued from his vehicle after getting stuck in floodwater this morning.

The horror unfolded on Thornhills Beck Lane, off the A641 Bradford Road, in Brighouse, shortly before 9am, as Storm Gerrit battered the district.

Firefighters were scrambled to the scene, with West Yorkshire Police also in attendance.

The Telegraph & Argus is running live updates on how the storm is affecting Bradford and surrounding areas.

A spokespeson for West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said: "We received a call at 8:44 this morning from a member of the public who was stuck in his car due to the flooding on Thornhills Beck Lane.

"We sent a crew from Rastrick which arrived on scene at 8:57. We rescued the male from his vehicle and left the scene with the Yorkshire Police at 9:08.

"We are using this image to highlight the dangers of the floods."

Multiple flood alerts are in place on rivers in and around the Bradford district, including the Aire, Wharfe and Calder.

Earlier, the fire service tweeted to say: "A reminder of the day - don't drive into flood water that’s moving or more than 10cm (4 inches) deep."

Thornhills Beck Lane is a narrow but busy road often used by motorists looking to avoid traffic on the more major routes. It crosses the beck in the dip at the bottom.