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Drainage Issues Compromising Gravesites In Taylor Co.

Posted at 6:35 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 18:35:46-05

TAYLOR COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– A problem inside a cemetery in Taylor County has at least one family searching for answers as their loved ones’ gravesites are being damaged.

The Brookside Cemetery has a serious drainage issue and it’s compromising several gravesites. Now the family members of Eugene and Carolyn Taylor would like for something to be done about it.

Richie Taylor said his parents’ gravesites are a flooded mess and so are several others in that section of the Brookside Cemetery. Apparently, holes were dug over an easement, something Taylor said never should have happened.

“This is a 50-foot easement for sewage and drain tiles. They should’ve never put a grave on top of a drain,” he said.

Brookside is privately owned and run by board members like local realtor John Kessler. By phone, Kessler said he’s looking into possible solutions but declined to comment further on camera.

“Nobody deserves this. Nobody. Nobody deserves coming to a graveyard and seeing what we see,” said Taylor.

Taylor also said that this problem is not related to all the rain they’ve had and that it also happened in the summer in the middle of a dry spell.

Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen told LEX 18 that she has offered to have the city go in with a camera to inspect that drainage line for breaks once the water level recedes.