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River backup floods part of Frederick cemetery

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 5:02pm  ET

FREDERICK, Md. - A low-lying section of a cemetery in Frederick has flooded from waters rising from the Monocacy River, but cemetery officials say all the graves are secure.

Richard Cody, president of Resthaven Memorial Gardens, said Tuesday that about 50 to 60 graves are in the lower end of the cemetery that's covered with water. He says the rest of the cemetery and its above-ground mausoleums are not affected.

Cody says flooding is a threat for the cemetery's lower end in any major storm after the state reengineered a bridge over the river to also serve as a dam. The change was made decades ago.

Cody says the cemetery remains open for business and will host a service as scheduled on Wednesday.


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