|Abandoned car in Castleford Town Centre Picture copyright Mark Readman|
Drainage systems were overwhelmed as the water became trapped behind the towns flood defences.
Several motorists had to be rescued from cars by the fire service when the water rose to as much as five feet high in less than a couple of minutes.
|Residents are lead to safety by volunteers in Castleford : Picture copyright Mark Readman|
|Residents were unable to reach homes : Picture copyright Mark Readman|
Several residents mopping up last night blamed the authorities for sealing up drainage points along river banking and then failing to clear gulleys and road drains.
One resident stated that it just had no where to go, the drains are blocked solid with debris, they have not been cleared for years.
|Car submerged in flood water Castleford town centre: Picture copyright Mark Readman|
|Residents make attempts to unblock drains as properties flood. Picture Mark Readman|
|Abandoned cars as waters rise in Castleford .|
|Worrying, Baby seat floats down the road in Castleford from an abandoned car. Picture Mark Readman|
|Fire-Fighters use muscle power to shove stranded motorists out of rising waters|
|Fire Crews respond through the storm to Castleford:|
|Motorists were forced to abandon cars.|