Flooded Vt. town struggles to ID cemetery remains

October 12, 2011 - 12:35 PM

ROCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Six weeks after the remnants of Hurricane Irene flooded Vermont, one town's residents are still searching for remains — of people whose graves were ripped up by raging waters.

The most recent set of about 50 people's remains to be discovered was found about five miles downstream from the cemetery.

Darlene Thompson says the remains of five family members were washed out of her family plot. She says she feels lucky because three of those have been recovered and are awaiting reburial.

Cemetery Commissioner Sue Flewelling (fluh-WEHL-ing) says repairing the cemetery could cost $1 million. The commission's annual budget is about $14,000.

A special fund has been set up to help pay for the repairs.