Reburying The Dead A Grim Task In Ike's Wake

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

IN THE MARSH OF CAMERON PARISH, La. (AP) - For residents of
coastal areas hit by last month's Hurricane Ike, a gruesome
recovery task remains: reburying the dead.
The storm's surge unearthed about 200 caskets in low-lying parts
of Texas and southwest Louisiana. And for many of those coffins,
Ike wasn't their first disturbance. A Louisiana coroner says about
80 percent of the caskets unearthed in one area were also stirred
up by Hurricane Rita three years ago.
More than 300 caskets heaved up by Rita were found and reburied.
But several were never found.
Debra Dyson says her mother's coffin was unearthed in 2005, and
later found 22 miles from the cemetery. She says the same thing
happened after Hurricane Ike, with the casket floating to that same
distant spot. Only this time, Dyson says, it didn't take nine
months to find it.


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