HURON — As the community continues to recover from the storm that blew through Huron on May 12, so does Riverside Cemetery.
Larry Cross, Sexton of Riverside, has reported well over 100 trees were snapped, uprooted and twisted throughout the 60 acres of the beautiful resting place for family, friends and loved ones.
“Thanks to so many great volunteers for helping with the first step, and that is clearing the trees,” Cross said. “Due to the extensive and devastating damage, we will be unable to re-open the gates to the public by Memorial Day.”
Cross said he is asking for patience, respect and understanding during this difficult time. This has been truly an overwhelming experience that has taken a huge toll on all resources — human, nature and financial alike.
While the community has been terrific with volunteering to help clear branches and massive trunks of trees, some planted over 100 years ago, those unfortunately were not the only loss.
The maintenance shop that houses all equipment for all seasons is also a complete and total loss. While they have secured temporary storage for equipment and tools, rebuilding the shop is planned. While trees can be cleared and shops rebuilt, they have yet another part of rebuilding to focus on due to the disaster.
With all the uprooting of so many trees they will need to re-set memorials and do substantial ground work to properly restore what Mother Nature took away. While Insurance does help cover some of the cost of the building, there is no coverage for tree damage or re-setting of family memorials.
While some of the uprooted trees were planted by families 100 years ago or more, those families are no longer here to help. It is with a humble heart Riverside Cemetery asks for monetary gifts to help restore peace and serenity back into the beautiful resting place of our loved ones.
“We are devastated and overwhelmed with the process ahead,” Cross said. “Your generosity and financial gifts are deeply appreciated and welcome.
“Thank you for your understanding and patience while we work through the process that lies ahead,” he said. “It will take time, but working together with patience and understanding we will be open again for all to visit and honor our loved ones.”
Memorials and gifts may be sent to Riverside Cemetery, 1940 Frank Ave. S.E. Huron, S.D. 57350.