In 2018, Hurricane Florence caused destruction in Bladen County. One prominent place of damage was at the Elizabethtown City Cemetery. The eroding soil at Elizabethtown City Cemetery is a cause for concern for many in the area.
Hurricane Florence caused a record rainfall of 35.93 inches to hit Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Eroding soil moved grave markers from where they once stood, and the ground shifted, affecting a large perimeter, crossing E. Queen Street behind the Old Trinity Methodist Church.
Photos of the cemetery are below and were taken on May 8, 2021.
Engineers with WK Dickson and the Town of Elizabethtown created a solution to fix the cemetery while applying protective measures to prevent future damage. The 3.5 million dollar cemetery project, paid for by FEMA funding, is well underway.
Dane Rideout, Town of Elizabethtown Town Manager, gave an update on the Elizabethtown City Cemetery.
He stated, “We are currently at the Retaining Wall Phase…” The wall is being installed.
View a detailed video of the repair work being done at the local cemetery on the YouTube video linked below.
Mr. Rideout explains, “In the video, it articulates the “Sheet Pile” retaining system being used. That process is very visible to the public now. According to our Engineering Consultant (W.K. Dickson & Co., Inc.) we are on schedule for this 8-month project and have had no major setbacks or run into any issues.”
In closing, Mr. Rideout said, “The town is extremely pleased with the oversight being provided by Engineer Scott Sigmon, and the construction by S & C Construction on this critical project.”
Related video just after Hurricane Florence in 2018…