Burials placed on hold as flooded cemeteries recover

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EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) — Families may have to wait longer to bury their loved ones as some cemeteries remain flooded.

Most tombstones at a Las Milpas cemetery are under water and some have tipped over. Funeral directors said flooded cemeteries will have to wait until the water is gone to resume services.

“The thing is that some of the graves are done by hand and some by tractor. So, if there’s too much water it is going to be too dangerous for the cemetery equipment to get there,” said Funeral Director Ralph Torres.

On Saturday night strong winds took part of Ceballos Diaz Funeral Home’s roof in Edinburg causing leaks in the chapel.

“I was actually preparing a loved one in the back when the lights started flickering and you could kinda hear the wind picking up and then all of a sudden I could hear metal sheets flapping and hitting against something,” said owner Johnny Garcia.

He added the funeral home has ten bodies in the facility pending services and they are still operating through the damages.

“It didn’t affect us much as far as visitation, but it did affect us with the cleaning up and preparing for this week coming up,” he added.

Meanwhile the owner of Cardoza Funeral Home in Edcouch is still waiting for power and flooded roads to clear to resume services.

“We had two electrical power poles down, they were broken they were on the ground. We didn’t have power. We had scheduled a service for today and had to reschedule, ” said Osvaldo Cardoza.

Right now, there are several cemeteries flooded across the Valley. Funeral directors said burials scheduled for today will have to wait longer and may be delayed until next week.

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