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Nonprofit gives up on saving sinking cemetery

2 years 2 months 3 weeks ago October 28, 2014 Oct 28, 2014 Tuesday, October 28 2014 October 28, 2014 2:03 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

LEEVILLE - A nonprofit has given up its proposal to protect the little that remains of a nearly submerged cemetery in Leeville.

Launch Leeville wanted to build a 280-foot-long bulkhead between what's left of Lefort Cemetery and the intersection of Bayou Lafourche and the Southeast Canal.

Director Janet Rhodus tells The Daily Comet that the nonprofit dropped its permit applications after the local coastal zone management board asked the state to put that application on hold.

Local historian Paul Chiquet says about 25 people were buried there in the early 1900s.

Now the tops of a handful of wrecked vaults show above salty water.

Parish Administrator Archie Chaisson says the application had numerous problems, including notifying only one of the property owners and lack of formal engineering plans.

Image: The Daily Comet

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