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High Water Prevents Some Families From Burying Loved Ones

Posted September 19, 1999

— Losing property to the flooding does not compare to losing a life. One area family is dealing with the loss of two loved ones. Now, their grief is compounded by yet another high-water horror story.

Funerals usually bring closure to loved ones grieving the loss of family members. Now, some families are being told they cannot bury their loved ones.

Family and friends are wrapped around Christi Mobley like a warm blanket in the midst of a chilling ordeal.

A flooded road in Johnston County swept away a car with Mobley's husband and 5-year-old daughter inside.

Compounding the family's pain is the flood that tore the family in half is now standing in the way of a proper burial.

"My brother told me last night we could not get a vault because the vault company is flooded," said relative Wanda Ramm.

The vault company in Goldsboro is flooded by the Neuse River and cannot deliver a vault. In other flood-ravaged areas, entire cemeteries are underwater, delaying already-planned funerals.

Funeral homes are going on with services, but they are postponing burials.

"We're hoping that maybe by Wednesday we can get this thing resolved. Maybe the waters will recede and the vaults will arrive," said Mike Parrish, funeral home director.

Headstones and closure will have to wait.

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