A MOTORIST has been rescued from a flooded river this (Sunday) morning after her car was swept into the Teviot.

The lady's vehicle was washed into the river from the A699 just before 9am.

And it became trapped beneath a bridge next to Springwood Caravan Park.

Fire crews from Kelso, Galashiels and Bathgate were involved in the rescue close to Springwood Caravan Park.

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire Service said: "The vehicle had become trapped beneath the bridge.

"The female casualty was rescued and taken to Borders General Hospital."

It is understood the woman was treated for hypothermia by doctors.

Although river levels are dropping across the Borders, emergency officers are still advising against travel.

Rob Dickson, Gold Commander for the multi-agency response at Scottish Borders Council, said: “The impact of the severe weather remains significant and residents must not take any unnecessary risks despite thinking the weather may be improving.

“The advice is still to avoid any travel unless absolutely necessary and although it may be tempting to get up close to swollen rivers, this is very dangerous.

"Residents must stay clear of riverbanks, bridges with high running water and be aware of footpaths, roads, fences, walls which may have been damaged by the flooding."