Weather to blame for grave issues at West TH cemetery

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WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Problems have been arising at Bethesda Cemetery after families were concerned with burial site conditions.

Reports of tombstones sinking into the ground and unfilled graves were the issue.

It has been confirmed that the burial sites have since been fixed and filled as of Tuesday night, and that they had a meeting about the issues Wednesday.

What caused it?

The weather.

“Bad weather and frozen ground makes refilling the graves difficult,” Bill McClain said, “When the frozen ground thaws out, and rain fills it, that’s what causes the graves to sink down.”

McClain is the board president for Bethesda Cemetery.

“The cemetery does not have anything to do with the process of refilling or digging,” McClain added.

Independent contractors are responsible for hiring grave diggers. They are then called as they are needed.

“Every cemetery is going to have the same problem when it involves months of frozen ground,” McClain said, “There’s really nothing the board did or could have done other than wait for the weather to clear and wait for crews to complete the job.”

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