South Louisiana Floods So Massive Made Caskets of the Dead Float
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | May 30, 2014 1:58 PM EST
Heavy rains that pounded on south Louisiana on Wednesday not only brought massive flooding. It has killed at least one person, and moreover, it popped caskets of its graves, making them float just about everywhere.
About 12 caskets were found floating away from their graves in a cemetery in Assumption Parish, located 50 miles south of Baton Rouge, in the town of Belle Rose.
Relatives of the dead in those caskets rushed to the cemetery despite the heavy downpour and floods to secure the final resting pieces. While some placed sandbags on top of the caskets to weigh them down, others moved them to higher ground.
"I've been sandbagging since about 11 (a.m.)," The Advocate quoted Reserve Deputy Scott Domingue.
The River Parishes, from Lake Charles to southeast Louisiana, have been hit hard by the heavy rainfall. Some areas received almost 10 inches of rain.
In Assumption Parish, the site of the floating caskets, high water flooded homes, the Rose Hill Baptist Church and the Rose Hill St. James Cemetery, its 123-year-old church graveyard.
Domingue said 10 graves floated up out of the ground, two caskets popped out of the in-ground graves while another casket almost came out.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said deputies are monitoring the cemetery as more rains are expected to hit the area.
"We really can't clean up or do anything, because rain is predicted for the next few days," Jody Valentine of the town of Gonzalez in Ascension Parish told NBC News.
"We've been running around the parish trying to clean up the drainage problems with logs in the ditches and stuff and prepare for the rains we're going to have later," Jesse Bellard, St. Landry Parish Administrative Director, told The Weather Channel.
The National Weather Service said residents in the area should expect heavy rains to continue through Tuesday.
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