NR 17-037: Corps of Engineers working on engineering design for slope failure

Published Oct. 4, 2017

LOYALL, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2017) – Engineering efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District are ongoing to design a repair for the slope failure near Wix Howard Cemetery in Loyall, Ky. and prevent any future movement. The design is scheduled to be completed in spring 2018.

Approximately 60 graves will be relocated from Wix Howard Cemetery to Resthaven Cemetery prior to construction. The condemnation process thru the court system associated with the grave relocation could take six to 24 months. USACE plans to seek an emergency court order to proceed within the next few months in order to expedite grave relocation. The next of kin for the known graves that will be relocated have been contacted and concur with the relocation plan.

Six graves in immediate danger from the slide were secured from the Wix Howard Cemetery in November 2016, including Revolutionary War soldier Samuel Howard and his family. These graves were reinterred at Resthaven Cemetery in May 2017 with a ceremony conducted by members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, "The Old Guard,” from Arlington, Va.

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Bill Peoples
Lee Roberts

Release no. 17-049