Thursday, September 23, 2021

Damage caused & trees uprooted in the Dresden Cemetery

Damage was caused and trees were uprooted in the Dresden Cemetery on Sunday night, September 12, 2021, after a storm ripped through the area.

North Kent Councillor Jamie McGrail shared an update and message from Municipality of Chatham-Kent staff, in regards to the storm damage.

“I wanted to let you know that there was extensive storm damage throughout Dresden Cemetery (Sunday) evening,” McGrail wrote.

“Numerous trees are down throughout the site along with countless limbs broken. A number of monuments have also been toppled. The road has been ripped up and is now missing in several places to due tree roots pulling out.”

McGrail wrote that staff have been in touch with the Public Works team to advise of the situation.

“They are also dealing with issues outside of the cemetery and in Thamesville,” she wrote.

“A local contractor who does regular maintenance for cemeteries has been secured to begin the cleanup process. In the meantime, we have closed the roads in to the site to vehicular traffic as it remains extremely unsafe at the moment. Should burials be required, we will approach those on a case by case basis to determine the feasibility and safety while cleanup occurs.”

Dresden resident Myriam Armstrong shared the following photos of the damage with the Sydneham Current:

Dresden resident Wendy Vercauteren shared these following photos with the Sydenham Current:

Chatham-Kent Police Service officials had urged residents to be careful in Dresden, Bothwell and Thamesville on Sunday night, as downed power lines and trees impacted the area.

Entegrus officials dealt with power outages as well.

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