The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Business

July 1, 2014

Winds damage trees, mausoleum at Anderson's Memorial Park Cemetery

Some city residents lost power for short time


ANDERSON — Weeks of construction were undone early Tuesday morning as Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery received heavy wind damage after storms rolled through Madison County.

“It almost looks like a tornado went through,” Jay Wiley, president of the park, said. “There’s a significant amount of wind damage.”

The most significant storm damage is to the mausoleum the cemetery was building. Wiley said the storm knocked over everything besides the foundation and construction would have to start over from scratch. Crews had been working on the large outer structure for the mausoleum.

Wiley said insurance will pay for the damage to the mausoleum but won’t know the exact cost until an adjuster comes out to survey the damage.

Besides the mausoleum, Wiley said the park also saw about 12 trees significantly damaged or completely knocked over by the storms.

“Our guys have been pretty busy this morning going over the grounds,” Wiley said. “There are branches everywhere.”

While most of the large branches did not land on anything, Wiley did say the maintenance area took some damage in the storm. He said ground crews had not found any damage to grave sites or headstones.

He said he didn't have a timetable as of Tuesday on when cleanup or construction on the mausoleum would be finished. He said crews would resume construction immediately.  

The cemetery appears to be one of the few areas in Anderson that received significant storm damage. Madison County Emergency Management Agency didn't report any badly damaged areas other than Memorial Park.

Despite the wind, it was also a relatively quiet night for Anderson Municipal Light & Power. Director Tony Pochard said there were about 370 customers who lost power around 5 a.m. Tuesday. He said the outages were widespread and only made up about 1 percent of ALP's coverage population.

"All of the outages were caused by the wind," Pochard said. "We had a branch knock out some wires in one instance, but we were well prepared and took care of them pretty quickly."

Pochard said most of the outages were taken care of in 90 minutes. 

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