Tai O residents were cut off again yesterday, as road traffic and the ferry service were suspended due to bad weather. Residents complained that it was unclear under which conditions Keung Shan Road, the link between the fishing town and the rest of the city, would be closed or reopened. All lanes of Keung Shan Road, Tai O Road and Shum Wat Road were closed between 9am and 3pm yesterday. And the ferry service between Tai O and Tung Chung, which was suspended on Tuesday, did not resume until after 3pm yesterday. The closures meant many Tai O residents were unable to commute to work after the No8 storm signal was downgraded, because water and road traffic did not resume until a few hours before the end of office hours. Keung Shan Road opened at 3pm, though a landslip warning that was issued at 8.10am was still in force. Earlier, the Transport Department had said the road would only be closed if a landslip or red or black rainstorm warning was issued. A department spokesman said the decision to reopen the road came after the Geotechnical Engineering Office inspected slopes around the road and found it was safe for traffic. Tai O Residents' Right Concern Group vice-chairman Chan Sui-ming said he dared not go home on Tuesday night, as he knew the morning would be chaotic. 'I have to work so I stayed at my friend's home for the night. The government kept telling us it had backup plans to help us,' he said. 'We know its backup plan was to give us extra ferry services, and this plan does not work at all when the weather is bad. The ferry service was stopped on Tuesday even before road traffic was cut off. 'The release of information about road closures or reopenings is also very confusing.' Tai O resident Cat Ho said many neighbours and friends had been forced to take a day off. 'The road was open after 3pm. Office hours would have come to an end by the time I reached my office. The government has no plan to help us at all. We are trapped in isolation again,' he said. Elsewhere in Hong Kong, there were no signs of flooding by mid-morning in the New Territories, and residents in Ngau Tam Mei, Yuen Long, which used to flood regularly, had dry homes. They credited recent drainage works. Along Sheung Wan's Wing Lok Street, where floodwaters rose to waist level last month, store owners had no problems this time. 'Thankfully, the typhoon brought little rain and nothing was damaged,' said Chan Wa, who had raised his store's dried foods onto crates and lay sandbags down on Tuesday night.