A local community is upset after the cemetery where their loved ones are buried has developed deep cracks. Places now filled with potting soil were gaping cracks, some near or even on the actual graves.
“The crack is right next to my grandfather’s grave and looks like it’s getting closer to my sister’s grave and that’s not something you want to see happen,” said Sarah Smith of Cameron.
Larry Chambers’ friend described the crevices before they were filled in. “He told me, he says, I seen clear to the vaults down there. He says I can see the vaults.”
People with loved ones buried there are emotional. “They put you in the ground for a resting place. You’re waiting for your time to go to Heaven, when God will call you. I get a little emotional. But you know, it’s wrong. It’s all wrong,” said Jack Mason of Robert’s Ridge.
Jeremy McGraw with Bordas and Bordas said people are mad there is damage to their loved ones’ grave plots. “They’re mad that there was seemingly no effort from the coal company to let anyone know that it had happened. They’re mad that they come up here and see men filling holes with sand and potting soil at this point,” he said.
The Marshall County Coal Company, of Murray Energy, formerly the McElroy Mine, is reportedly beneath. They released a statement saying, “The Marshall County Coal Company is aware of the situation and is doing everything in its power to mitigate any damage caused by subsidence. Indeed this cemetery will be completely repaired.”
Larry Chambers said his elderly mother is still devastated, because she put her husband to rest there.
Tricia Marling of Cameron said if anyone else were to come destroy the cemetery, they would go to jail. “It’s illegal. They’re going to get a fine. They’re gonna do jail time. But it’s OK to mine under it and there’s no consequences?”
7News will continue to keep an eye on the ongoing situation.