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Those taking Isle of Wight breaks this Christmas should take the road closures across the island very seriously, the local council has confirmed.

This applies to local residents, too, who have reportedly been trying to drive down roads that were closed for health and safety reasons. This was namely due to the severe flooding around parts of the island, iwradio.co.uk revealed.

Representatives for the Isle of Wight Council have now spoken out; appealing to these people and others to respect the closures put in place.

Iwcp.co.uk reports: ‘The Isle of Wight Council asked drivers not to ignore closure signs, which it said were there for the theirs [sic] and other drivers’ safety.’

Roads affected by closures include Morton Common and Longwood Lane. Other roads that were previously closed have now been re-opened, allowing those holidaying in the area or simply hoping to stock up on festive supplies able to do so. These include Thorley Road, Redhill Lane, The Shute, Alverstone Main Road and Highway Road.

The flooding was so bad in Arreton that a Shetland pony named Greta had to be rescued from her field. Debbie Ware, her owner, bravely tackled the water – with the help of neighbour Sue Treherne – in order to save Greta from the rising water levels.