ODESSA, (ABC Big 2 / FOX 24) – Local families are devastated after seeing their loved one’s graves ruined. Workers at the Ector County Cemetery say up to 40 graves caved in after Monday’s heavy rain fall.
Mark Luna has five family members buried at the Ector County Cemetery, he says all of their graves were damaged from Monday’s flooding. But his family was not the only one impacted.
“It feels terrible, I totally cried even seeing others people’s graves that I don’t even know, but it’s somebody’s loved one,” Luna said ” It’s really appreciated that they at least tried to come do it today.”
All day Ector County workers filled dozens of damaged graves all while families looked on, some say they are upset.
“I don’t think it’s well taken care of,” said Irene Jimenez. ” The tractors go over the graves and the plaques are down, there’s no respect here.”
But others were glad to find their loved one’s grave with no damage.
“Thank God my grandfather in law is okay but when you see everyone else around you it completely shocking,” said Linda Verdugo. “You can’t believe something like this would happen.”
Cemetery officials say this has also been a problem in the past. Heavy rains have damaged graves before, but all the county can do is fill them again. But the families here want more to be done to prevent this.
” I would think that they would build a higher ground like a brick or some kind of cement block,” Luna said.
” To me it’s the whole flooding situation around Odessa why don’t we have a drainage system because this is not a one time issue,” Verdugo said.
And family members just hope for a solution.
” You know they’re dead but there is still somebody there that means stuff to us,” Jimenez said “You know act like it was your relative, like you were taking care of their grave.”