Unprecedented Rains Impact Cemetery Operations in Some City

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Recent weeks of consistent rainfall have led to high water table levels in some cemeteries, posing potential short-term challenges for their operations. While high water tables are not a new phenomenon, the current adverse weather conditions are exacerbating the situation.

Concerns Expressed by Mayoral Committee Member

Councillor Patricia Van der Ross, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, expressed concerns about the impact of the weather conditions on cemetery operations, saying, “I think we can all agree that this has been a very wet start to winter, and the impacts have been felt all around. Unfortunately, our cemeteries are not exempt, and we are working to manage the situation as best as possible.”

Mitigation Measures Implemented by Recreation and Parks Department

The Recreation and Parks Department, which oversees cemetery operations, has implemented mitigation measures to ensure that access to burial services remains available despite the challenges posed by the weather. The Department is grateful for the understanding and cooperation of families, mourners, and undertakers during this difficult time.

Recommendations for Undertakers and Bereaved Families

To accommodate the increased water levels and other potential hazards, the Department has provided several recommendations for undertakers and bereaved families:

  1. Be prepared for shallower graves, depending on water table levels at specific cemeteries. This may limit the opportunity to bury a second coffin in the same private grave.
  2. Exercise caution around flooded or slippery parking areas, roads, and pathways.
  3. Wear weatherproof clothing and non-slip shoes to minimize accidents.
  4. Arrive at burials in a timely manner, without exceeding the 30-minute timeslot, to alleviate parking congestion.
  5. Limit the number of attendees during episodes of inclement weather.
  6. Exercise caution when carrying coffins and avoid standing too close to open graves.
  7. Consider weekday burials to reduce overcrowding of cemeteries on weekends.

Furthermore, the City reserves the right to advise against reopening family graves in waterlogged areas or recommend an alternate grave or cemetery for burial.

The Department’s Continual Efforts

The Recreation and Parks Department continues to work tirelessly to ensure that access to burial services is maintained with minimal disruptions. These recommendations aim to create a safer environment for everyone involved while paying respects to the departed.

The City’s Response

The city’s response to these challenging circumstances is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of both its residents and administration. As the weather remains unpredictable, it is crucial for all parties to remain vigilant and prioritize the safety and well-being of everyone involved in cemetery operations. Working together and adhering to these guidelines will ensure a smoother transition through this period of unusual weather patterns.

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