Roads looked like rivers and in some places the torrential rain has battered the roads to the extent that they are starting to crack and break off.
More than half the rainfall expected for Scarborough in August fell today in the flash flood.
The average recorded rainfall for Scarborough in August is 64mm. Rainfall gauges in Scarborough today have recorded between 30mm and 40mm.
The rain hit Scarborough at around 11am and the downpour continued for over an hour.
The flash flood has backed up drains and made conditions almost impossible for drivers.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue received 60 reports of flooding in the space of two hours.
A spokesperson for the brigade said: "Fire control received approximately 60 reports of flooding to properties in various areas of Scarborough.
"We currently have eight fire engines with @ 50 crew members attending flooding incidents throughout Scarborough following heavy downpours.
"Crews have been assisting with rescuing people from cars trapped in floodwater and at properties with vulnerable residents. They are now working their way around areas of Scarborough giving assistance to residents affected by flooding."
Pictures have emerged of the road lifting on Sandybed Lane, Trafalgar Road and Valley Road. While Eastborough resembled a river more than a road.
Which roads are closed?
Valley Road between Westbourne Grove and Vernon Road
Church Hill, Scalby
Hackness Road from Hay Brow towards the village
A171 - northbound carriageway at the junction of Scalby Road and Station Road
North Leas Avenue
The flooded roads which are passable with care include Prospect Mount Road, Weydale Avenue and Scalby Mill Road - going down towards the Sealife Centre.
For the most up to date information of road closures click here.
Flooding has also hit Scarborough Spa. A spokesperson said: "Due to today’s severe rain and flooding within areas of The Grand Hall, tonight’s Scarborough Spa Orchestra evening performance has been CANCELLED due to safety reasons.
"Our box office will contact Orchestra patrons who have purchased tickets in advance to offer them a full refund or to exchange tickets for a future performance within the next 24 hours.
"A decision on whether Magic Mike’s & Bernie Clifton’s shows will go ahead this evening will be made shortly once we have made an assessment on the performance areas."