STORM TEAM: Cleaning up Lakeview Cemetery

(WEAU) - Families we're out after the storm, checking to see if their family member’s graves were under the mess.

Some we're lucky while others have more damage to take care of so close to Memorial Day weekend.

"We came up here and it’s devastating," said Dereane Gobler, who visited family graves.

Dereane Gobler is one of many people who have family at Lakeview Cemetery. She says her mother and father's graves were lucky to not have been badly damaged.

"There's a lot of things missing, some of our flowers are missing, were very fortunate it was just flowers," said Gobler.

Many trees we're found uprooted around the cemetery and a cemetery worker says he was surprised it happened.

"Usually you don't see that when the grounds dry it’s when the grounds saturated that the whole root plate comes up," said John Stuve, the Assistant Sexton of Lakeview Cemetery.

A headstone was even found in the roots of a tree that was uprooted during the storm.

John says he's feeling the pressure because the storm happened close to the holiday weekend.

"It’s kind of unnerving, we were all set for Memorial Day until about 4:30pm Thursday night," said Stuve.

At the same time, Tiffany Pollock walked around to check on her grandparents, aunts and uncles graves. She says the trees were too close for comfort.

"The first look I got was total devastation, just didn't look like I was pulling into Lakeview Cemetery at all," said Tiffany Pollock, who visited the cemetery.

But she feels blessed.

"Feel lucky actually there are a lot of people up here that aren't going to fair so well," said Pollock.

Stuve says that it could take a few weeks to clean up all the mess in the cemetery.

But, people are being let into the grounds to pay their respects during the Memorial Day weekend.


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