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DALLAS (CBS11) — Just because the rain may have stopped doesn’t mean the mess left behind is safe.

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That’s the message from public safety officials who are urging drivers to be extra cautious in places where dangerous debris could still be covering roads meant to stay closed.

At the intersection of Wildwood Drive and California Crossing Road just north of the Trinity River, a warning gate made clear that the road is closed to traffic. That didn’t stop several vehicles coming from the other side of the barricade from driving through a break in the gate.

“I wasn’t sure,” Matthew Gedeon said. “I was confused.”

Gedeon said the gate just south of the river was open, so he assumed it was safe to drive through.

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But from that side, Max Saenz said he watched several drivers blatantly disregarded the barricade, which had half a gate and cones where the other half was broken.

“Some of them, yeah, they come over here,” Saenz said. “They stop, and they move the cones and go straight through to the other street.”

In parts of Navarro County the problems were more obvious. Public safety officials warned that several roads remained under water and impassable.

Anyone caught disregarding the barricades could face fines of up to $2,000. But even in places where water was no longer the problem, dangerous debris kept streets from officially reopening.

“It’s not safe to go across,” Saenz said. “Some people, they don’t care. They just go.”

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