The small cemetery, more than 100 years old, is located on La. 998, a narrow, two-lane road off La. 1. It’s the cemetery for two churches in the community of Belle Rose, Rose Hill Baptist Church and St. James United Methodist Church.
On Thursday afternoon, the water had receded from the ground where the graves stood, but piles of sandbags topped many of the graves, marked by white-painted concrete chambers, which the floodwaters had earlier begun to move upward out of the ground. Some of the chambers were twisted to the side.
Belle Rose resident Wilbert North, 70, who lives further down La. 998, stood on the road on Thursday afternoon, trying to see what damage the gravesites of his mother and son had taken. He planned to go home to put on boots to go through the water that still stood at the edge of the cemetery.