Dirt hauled into old Iowa cemetery to stop erosion

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City workers are hauling in dirt to historic Floyd Cemetery to fill in a gully and make sure erosion doesn’t expose any graves.

City officials say the ongoing project involves bringing in soil and extending drainage tubes. The work should eventually slow runoff and erosion.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1eNkbYw ) some gravestones near the gully in question have exposed concrete bases and tilted headstones. Kelly Bach, city parks maintenance field supervisor, says none of the gravestones were in immediate danger of being exposed or sliding away.

Just a handful of burials take place each year at Floyd Cemetery, which is considered the city’s oldest graveyard. The land was donated to Sioux City in 1866.

Historians say concerns about erosion at the cemetery have been ongoing for years.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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