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Police appeal for drivers to obey road signs

Please attribute to Senior Sergeant Jared Kirk, Team Leader Road Policing, Otago Coastal

Otago Coastal Police are appealing for drivers to obey road signs following an incident this morning (November 21) where two people had to be rescued from the roof of their car.

Emergency services were called about 10am after a vehicle got stuck trying to cross a flooded road between Balclutha and Clydevale.

The driver and passenger were rescued from the roof of their vehicle uninjured.

State Highway 8, from Milton through to Raes Junction and SH90, is now open but extreme care is required due to multiple slips and flooding.

There are no detours in place.

We ask that drivers remain patient, keep your speeds down on these roads, and obey all road closure signs.

Drivers who ignore road warnings are potentially placing themselves and others at risk.

Drivers also need to be aware that vehicles may not be covered by insurance if they are driven on a closed road.

Contractors are working to clear the roads as quickly as possible.

Updates on road conditions can be found on the NZTA site: http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

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