Five vehicles and seven people were put into danger Friday when barricades placed on Springfield Road were stolen.

County Judge Preston Scroggin said barricades were placed in the area had been removed prior to the vehicles being stranded in high water Friday afternoon and evening.

Because of the continuous theft of barricades and signs, Scroggin said the county would be taking other steps in the future to mark dangerous crossings.

The county will be purchasing yellow caution tape with a message about road closures to string across the intersections. 

"We are looking at yellow tape because it is a cheaper and quicker way to barricade areas," Scroggin said. 

Two years ago, the county purchased around 100 barricades, and Scroggin said there are about half of those still in county possession.

In addition to Springfield Road, Scroggin said three other area roads remain closed because of water: Ridge Road, Shaw Bridge Road on the Conway County side and Grassy Lake Road in Mayflower.

He estimated that Shaw Bridge Road and Grassy Lake Road will be closed for three more days, but that Springfield Road would probably be open today.

"Springfield Road is barricaded now. I checked it at 3 p.m.," Scroggin said, noting that he had to replace a missing barricade at that time.

During the road closures, Scroggin said drivers will have to find alternative routes.

"I hate for the inconvenience, but there still has to be an element of common sense," he said.

Last week’s additional rainfall will take county road crews four to five weeks to repair. 

"We took a hit. It will take us four to five weeks to get over," he said.

Rock, sand and dirt will have to be removed from ditches, culverts will need repairs and "our friend the pothole will need repairs," Scroggin said.

"We will pull through and try to fix it," Scroggin said.