Prospect Hill Cemetery asks volunteers to pick up tree damage

Numerous important and famous graves are buried under branches.
Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 7:01 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - “Prospect Cemetery has never seen this damage before,” said Shannon Lewis.

Trees uprooted and split. Numerous important and famous graves are buried under branches.

This historic Omaha cemetery has been temporarily closed since Monday.

“There are a countless number of trees that were damaged because of the winds and as you can see on Ana Wilson’s marker, many of them lost their limbs and came crushing down to the ground,” said Lewis.

It’s hard for people like Shannon Lewis to see the damage in this historic cemetery. Prospect Hill has a uniqueness to it.

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Signs scattered throughout the area describe what impact the person made on the city. People walk through the cemetery to take a walk through history.

“Its purpose is to honor the deceased but also provide funeral art and a location where people can come and reflect and enjoy the green space,” said Lewis.

But with broken trees and damage that would cost thousands of dollars to clean up, Prospect Hill is asking for volunteers like you.

“We need people to come in and physically remove that brush and any help that we can get would truly be appreciated,” said Lewis.

It’s not only a favor for the cemetery but also for the community.

“I have no doubt that will have multiple members of the community at Prospect Hill because this isn’t my cemetery, this is the city’s cemetery. And the community loves and adores and provides support to the barrel ground,” said Lewis.

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