Big clean up after storm rips through cemetery

Posted at 6:11 PM, Jun 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-23 19:11:16-04

Several volunteers say they have family buried here, and it was very hard to see their final resting place destroyed by the storm.

A beautiful place where people come to visit loved ones, now littered with storm debris.

"We got it all ready for Memorial Day and then this happened, it's kind of tough to see it like this."

Grounds keeper Jesse Clark says he’s been working here for 12 years.

 He described the devastation he found after the storms rolled through.

"There was stuff everywhere, there was no roads open, you couldn't get in.”

“I had to drive on the ground to get around stuff"

Fallen trees and hanging limbs forced the Oak Hill Cemetery to shutdown, keeping visitors from coming to see their loved ones.

A week later Clark says it’s still too dangerous.

"It's going to be a couple weeks, maybe a month.”

“It's going to be awhile before people are allowed back in "

Staff vigorously worked to get the 33 and half acres back to normal.

"The pile keeps getting bigger but it doesn't seem like we are getting any further, we need more help.”

“With these volunteers I think everything will come together."

 Looking for a light at the end of the tunnel, Plattsmouth Public School employees are lending a helping hand.

“Driving by it's hard to see people’s final resting place in such destruction, so I just thought someone has to do it.”

It's a labor of love, close to the hearts of many volunteers.

"A lot of my family members are buried here.”

Clark says it could be a month of cleaning before people are allowed back in.”

 "Hard, tiring, a lot of guys came out; the whole city came in to help us start cleaning up."

"It was terrible."

Clark says they worked at least 40 hours this week trying to get this place back open for visitors.