Headstones toppled, trees uprooted in Lorain cemetery

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LORAIN, Ohio -- Crews in Lorain are still cleaning up the mess the winds left behind after storms blew through Northeast Ohio Wednesday.

Elmwood Cemetery had several large trees uprooted, blocking roadways and toppling headstones.

Lorain work crews were back at the cemetery clearing the area from fallen trees on Friday.

"We are assessing the damage presently -- we've been here for the last two days trying to clean up as much as we can. There are two large trees we are hoping to get to in a day or so," said Robert Fowler, Lorain safety service director.

Some of the uprooted trees revealed the underground vaults where caskets are sealed.

"The roots grew into some of the vaults and then when they tumbled over it exposed some of those vaults," said Fowler.

Some area residents came by the cemetery to see if any of their family's headstones were damaged by the trees.

"Well, we hear about the trees falling and stuff, and we have some gravestones. We have some family members that have been buried here for a hundred years ago, and we have no idea if the trees or anything like fell on top of it or not," said John Stafford, of Lorain.

"All the headstones are in tact. I did see that there are a lot of branches down in the area, but it has been cleaned up in the part on that end, so I really don't know what it looked like yesterday -- it looks like they've done a lot of work," said Alan Dick, of Amherst.

The western part of the cemetery is closed for a few days until the trees are cleared, but people have been coming by to check on family headstones.

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