Louisiana flooding sends caskets far and wide
NEW ORLEANS - Widespread flooding not only disrupts the living but sometimes also creates havoc for the dead.
That's what happened in southwest Louisiana's Calcasieu Parish when an overflowing Sabine River - helped by days of heavy rain - recently pushed water inland about four miles, disturbing graves buried in at least four cemeteries in the towns of Vinton and Starks.
The parish Coroner's Office last month completed the recovery of caskets and vaults or lids that floated from their resting places during flooding March 12 and beyond. Officials said 85 caskets were recovered, most from Niblett's Bluff Cemetery in Vinton.
The recovered remains have been placed in refrigerated trucks parked at the coroner's office as investigators begin the identification and re-interment process.