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Last Week in the Cemetery (Week of January 9)

Posted January 19, 2023 by M.S. Coyne

Last week in the Cemetery was brought the unseasonably warm temperatures we have enjoyed in Lexington for most of January. It also brought rain – and a lot of it.

It is important to realize that soil freezes from the top down and thaws from the bottom up. That means

when there is a long cold period the soil surface will freeze and prevent rain from infiltrating. That causes much of the flooding we experience in winter. The cemetery was a good example of this. In the lower parts of the cemetery in the back there was a lot of ponding.

Unfortunately it means that this section of the cemetery becomes virtually impassable under these conditions, and when you do try to drive through the puddles it causes a muddy, rutted, mess.

It’s always best to avoid driving in the cemetery when you know the ground is very wet. The damage from this drive-through is going to take some time to repair.

Remember, if you or your group would like to contribute a few hours of service maintaining African Cemetery No. 2 in 2023, please contact Mark Coyne at to plan a visit.

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