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Council reminding residents to adhere to road closure signs

Shoalhaven City Council is strongly urging residents to adhere to signage alerting motorists to road closures and water over the road in flood affected parts of the Shoalhaven.

Council has become concerned following an increased number of motorists ignoring signage and travelling on closed roads.

Director of City Services and Operations, Bill Paterson said that the situation with the roads is still constantly changing and roads that appear to be safe to drive on can have hidden dangers.

“Following the recent heavy rain experienced throughout the Shoalhaven, many of the area’s roads have become flood affected and in some places, impassable,” said Mr Paterson.

“This means that it may not be safe for any vehicle, inclusive of four wheel drives and larger trucks, to travel in these areas.

“Council staff is constantly monitoring road conditions and will remove all signage as quickly as possible following the clearing of floodwaters.”

“I’m also very concerned that some signage appears to have been tampered with.

“It can very dangerous to drive on flooded roads and local motorists are advised that it is an offence to ignore or interfere with road signs.”

Mr Paterson also reminded local motorists to watch out for damaged pavements and potholes caused by the rains and floods.

Council staff will be recording all damage to assist in potentially gaining funding under Natural Disaster grant funds

“The recent rains have obviously caused rapid deterioration to sections of the area’s road and pathway networks and it will take some time to complete all repairs,” said Mr Paterson.

“It is important that local residents exercise a degree of caution when travelling in flood and rain affected areas over the coming weeks.”

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