Fallen gravestones at St. Jerome Cemetery in Holyoke caused by winter weather

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) – A 22News viewer sent in photos of several gravestones that had fallen over at the St. Jerome Cemetery in Holyoke.

Russell McNiff from the St. Jerome Cemetery in Holyoke told 22News frost heaves from the winter weather have caused the graves to fall over and it’s something they have to deal with every year.

“We replaced 21 of them last year and we’ll be doing more this year. It takes a long time and costs money, but we have a long-range plan to fix all of it.”

A frost heave is the uplift of water-saturated soil or other surface deposits due to expansion on freezing.

The photos show nine gravestones that were knocked over but the viewer said there were more than that. She said she saw wreaths and decor that had fallen off stones and helped to put it back on.

22News shot video of the gravestones and noticed about a dozen that had fallen over.

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