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Heavy rain causes damage at Mt. Carmel Cemetery

Several plots at Mt. Carmel Cemetery are surrounded by yellow caution tape, since the rain caused some of the gravesites to sink. Credit: KFOX14, CBS4.

Monday night's rainfall created some problems at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Several plots are surrounded by yellow caution tape, since the rain caused some of the gravesites to sink.

The Catholic Diocese of El Paso said the excessive rain caused the ground to become soft and that's what is causing some of the headstones to sink.

The diocese said it knows this is a problem, but it has to wait to make repairs to avoid making things worse.

"I mean, we can't get our machinery in there because we'll probably do more damage than good," said Rudy Rios, assistant director of Mt. Carmel Cemetery. "So we're going to wait until it dries up a little bit, and then we're going to start getting in and start to fix all of the sunken graves."

CBS4 saw crews out Tuesday afternoon trying to do as much as they could to fix the issue, such as repositioning some headstones and digging up dirt.

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