Council reminding motorists to remain cautious on the road
March 01, 2012
Shoalhaven City Council is reminding residents to remain cautious on the area’s roads over the coming days with the recent heavy rains forecasted to continue.
With the entire Shoalhaven warned to be on the lookout for areas of flash flooding, local motorists are again being asked to adhere to road closed signs and ignore the temptation to drive through rising floodwaters.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said Council staff had been left alarmed over the past few days after witnessing a number of motorists ignoring detour and road closure signs put in place as a result of flash flooding.
“It is extremely important that all motorists continue to remain diligent on the roads and drive to the prevailing conditions,” said Clr Green.
“I’m quite alarmed that a number of motorists are choosing to ignore road closure signs and try their luck in crossing rising floodwaters or areas affected by flash flooding.
“Crossing flood waters is an exceptionally dangerous practice and can lead to serious injury or even death as it is impossible to correctly gauge the depth and speed of the water prior to crossing.”
“Further to this, studies have shown that a car can be flipped by as little as 50 centimeters of moving water meaning motorists are taking their lives into their own hands every time they attempt a flood water crossing.”