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Weather blamed for damaged grave plots at Baltimore cemetery

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 07:41:28-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Some people in Baltimore are upset about a damaged stretch of cemetery that's now ruined several grave markers.

It wasn't until Millie See's aunts, who'd come out for an annual trip to drop off flowers for their loved ones at Holly Hill Memorial Gardens, did she know this visit was unusual.

"We just want them fixed so we can come back and visit our loved ones. I have elderly aunts -- one is in her low 80's and the other is 79. They come here every holiday and make sure, it's always been a tradition to put flowers on every grave. They weren't able to do it this year," See said.

Grave markers, including Millie's relatives, were covered, soiled, and mucked and even patched over with metal grates, blocking her aunts from actually seeing the graves, let alone planting flowers.

"But the problem is we walked onto the grave to try to find my loved ones' graves, we found two of them that are completely a mess," See said.

A mess that according to Millie and her family, no one seems to have an answer for.

Statement from Holly Hill Memorial Park

“Holly Hill Memorial Park is committed to providing all families with a peaceful environment for visitation and remembrance. Our cemetery has been impacted by the record-breaking amounts of rain in the Baltimore area over the past year. We have consulted with engineering professionals to develop a plan and are in the process of restoring the cemetery grounds as the weather allows. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused visitors to the park. We value the relationships we have with our client families and encourage anyone with concerns to contact us directly.”

According to Millie, staff at Holly Hill said they were 'under new management.'

"They also told us that it's due to a lot of rain, which we understand, we did have a lot of rain this year, but if you look around there are no other graves that are like this," See said.

And because of the soggy conditions, they'd have to wait until temperatures warm back up for the area to be fixed.

Leaving a growingly frustrated Millie, whose family has been buried in the cemetery for decades.