As horrifying as it is to face the loss of property in major flooding, many in Starks, Louisiana, are fighting to keep loved ones buried in low-lying cemeteries from floating up.
Investigators with the Calcasieu Coroner’s office and the Sheriff’s department made stops at two cemeteries to check out the damage. Officials say 15 to 20 vaults appear to have been disturbed. Those that appear in danger are being tagged so they can be retrieved when the water recedes.
Many local residents had tried unsuccessfully to go check on graves of those near and dear, but officials say it’s too dangerous for residents to retrieve concrete vaults and caskets.
The vaults weigh 16 and 18 hundred pounds, and this happened during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.