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Drivers ignore road closures and risk flood waters

POLICE have slammed reckless drivers who ignored road closure signs and a police car with its lights flashing to drive through a flooded section of the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd.

South Kolan officer-in-charge Sergeant Rob Jorna said drivers even argued with him about the road closure and moved signs before proceeding through the water.

Sgt Jorna said it was extremely disappointing drivers simply weren't getting the "if it's flooded, forget it" message.

"People are continuing to ignore road closed signs and ignoring police emergency vehicles on the road and still insisting on driving through flooded waters whilst police are directing people not to driver through," he said.

"People were moving the signs off themselves. They were driving around them.

"When one car (drove) past then the others followed.

"Some people got out of their vehicles and walked through the water to argue with myself as to why they couldn't drive through the water. It was very disappointing."

Sgt Jorna said he determined the section of the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd near the Bingera Mill was not safe to past about 9am Tuesday and the closure remained in place for about an hour.

"There was an hour there where the road was not safe to be driven on," he said.

"That's one of our major roads and it had enough water to be a concern for police. Drivers who ignore road closures can face fines but Tuesday morning Sgt Jorna was on his own and concentrating on keeping motorists safe.

"I had my car on one side of the water and I was on the other side and I was on my own," he said.

The road closure also saw a Jeep Wrangler end up in a culvert beside the road. It was towed once the water receded. Sgt Jorna said the Jeep slid off the road at 8.45am after pulling up behind cars that had stopped by floodwater.

"It was recovered as I was reopening the road," he said.

"There was water through the car on to the carpets but no mechanical damage."

Topics:  flooding, south kolan




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