Access to Jackson cemetery held up by storm damage - - Jackson, MS

Access to Jackson cemetery held up by storm damage

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The manager of Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson says it will take another week, maybe ten days, to get enough fallen trees cleared to safely let people enter the cemetery. 

The final resting place for so many took a direct hit from the tornado that also ripped through Clinton April 15. 

More than 300 trees were knocked down by the twister.  Most of the trees are Oaks, but there are many other types as well.  People who have loved ones buried there have been shocked by the no trespassing signs when they went to visit the grave sites. 

Finally, Bobby Harrell, manager of the cemetery finally talked with WLBT Monday. 

"We won't know the damage to the individual graves, vases of the individual graves or anything like that until we can get the trees off of them to find anything that's wrong," said Harrell. "The contractor is estimating a week to ten days, before everything is moved." 

That interview came after he knew we had talked with a woman who has five relatives buried at Lakewood. 

Becky Nichols of Simpson County said, "I don't understand why you can't get in, why the roads have not been cleared, and why they can tell you when precisely when it will be cleaned." 

We also talked with Jo Anne Bain, who went to the cemetery to check on burial plots she owns there. 

"They say it's unsafe to do that," said Bain. What do you think about that? "Well, I don't know, I can't see far enough to see if it is unsafe or not. I can't make that determination because I can't see." 

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