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Flooding problems at Pinckneyville City Cemetery

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The Pinckneyville City Cemetery is more than a 150 years old. The Pinckneyville City Cemetery is more than a 150 years old.
The pipe runs for more than 450 feet along the north side of the cemetery. The pipe runs for more than 450 feet along the north side of the cemetery.
The city has been pumping water out of the cemetery nonstop over the past couple of days. The city has been pumping water out of the cemetery nonstop over the past couple of days.
PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

The Pinckneyville City Cemetery is more than a 150 years old. Flooding at the cemetery has become more and more of a problem in recent years.

"The problem is that the whole area on this southwest side of the community drains down into the cemetery," said Pinckneyville Streets Commissioner Samuel Fulk. "If we get a small rain it's fine. But when you get a five inch rain like we had the water backs up. Because the drainage tile has a problem, about halfway down it there's a collapse in that tile."

The pipe runs for more than 450 feet along the north side of the cemetery. Over the decades that it's been buried along the railroad track many trees have grown in the area.

"This pipe is in excess of 50 years old. It is draining some through the tile. The tile is not completely plugged," said Commissioner Fulk. "But that's an 18" tile that's probably about eighty percent plugged."

The city has been pumping water out of the cemetery nonstop over the past couple of days. That water is flowing down to the big drainage pipe that runs underneath the railroad track and on down to the north side of town.

"We hate it, it's not something we like having our cemetery flooded. But we didn't create this problem, we inherited it. And we're going to do the best we can. But we can't do it overnight. It's going to take some time for this ground to dry up," Fulk said. "And then we can get some equipment down in here. It's going to be a challenge, it's not an easy fix. But I think we can do it."

Fulk said he expects to have the water off the grave sites that are currently under water in the next twenty four hours, but that will depend on how much more rain the area gets in the days ahead.

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