MUSKEGON, Mich.—A team of volunteers hopes to return soon to repair two Muskegon cemeteries severely damaged during recent storms.
On Saturday, April 26, approximately 45 volunteers with The Home Depot’s Team Depot descended on Oakwood and Evergreen cemeteries to clean up with devastation left behind during the April 12 storms. Straight line winds, heavy rains and hail hit the area, uprooting large trees, which came crashing down on some of the grave markers within the cemeteries.
Store manager Michael Zizak says the volunteers got through about a third of the work Saturday. Unfortunately, Team Rubicon, which partnered with Team Depot in the effort, was called to handle the aftermath of flooding in Newaygo and the tornado outbreak in Kansas.
Zizak says it’s unclear when volunteers will be able to return, but the City of Muskegon hopes to have the debris cleared in time for Memorial Day.