La. cemeteries sinking, washing away

Associated Press
In this Dec. 29, 2012 photo, South Lafourche Levee District General Manager Windell Curole, who also serves on the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, handles pieces of headstone at his small family cemetery which sits along the bayou near Leeville, La. Some 11 cemeteries in Jefferson Parish have repeatedly flooded since Katrina, and in Lafourche, Terrebonne and Plaquemines parishes, more than a dozen others have succumbed to tidal surges. Curole said saltwater from the Gulf is causing a crippling subsidence problem. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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At least two dozen cemeteries across the southeast Louisiana coast that are rapidly sinking or washing away because of erosion and subsidence accelerated by the tropical punch of storms such as Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Lee and Isaac. (AP)

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