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Overgrown Oakwood Cemetery Causes Concern

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RICHMOND (WRIC)—A severely overgrown cemetery is being cleaned up after a local woman contacted 8News about the problem.  

Richmond resident Ann Krampf got choked up while taking an 8News crew on a tour of Oakwood Cemetery, located off of Nine Mile Road in Richmond. She says she has spent more time there with her father than she did when he was alive; Krampf's grandparents are also buried nearby.

"I came out to visit my grandparents and their stone had been moved completely away from their gravesite," Krampf said. "And it just hurt me; it hurt my heart."

The cemetery is owned by the City of Richmond, but overgrown grass and bushes now cover the names of loved ones buried many years ago. Some grave markers are entirely hidden by the overgrowth.

"It's almost up mid-calf, almost to my knees, reaching up to my hip," Krampf said of the tall grass.

Krampf was so fed up with the situation that she posted pictures of the cemetery on the 8News Facebook page.

"How bad does it have to get before you get somebody out there like that?" she asked.

It turns out things had already gotten bad enough. City crews got involved Tuesday afternoon, shortly after 8News got involved, and work is already underway to clean up Oakwood Cemetery.

"Never have I ever seen this many people out here," Krampf said. "If all it took was a Facebook page to put a little fire underneath of ‘em—Hallelujah!"

Christy Everson of the Richmond Public Works Department said, "Normally we mow on a cycle of every 10 to 15 days. However, all the rain this summer put us behind the eight ball and struggling to catch up. We are allocating some extra resources and should have the cemetery looking better every day."

 

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