Hurricane Isaac’s Unearthed Coffins and Tombs

The following excerpt is from the November 15, 2012 the Times-Picayune.

A few of Hurricane Isaac’s unearthed coffins and tombs continue to line the Mississippi River levee in Plaquemines Parish, some still standing askew near houses or amid woods. By now, though, the majority of the disinterred remains are back in the Braithwaite cemeteries where they once peacefully rested.

About 150 tombs and coffins floated away, some about a mile, from the east bank’s cemeteries during Isaac. State and parish crews have worked about two months to bring them home.

“It’s just a matter of putting all the pieces together,” said Plaquemines Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Mudge, who, in a cooperative agreement between the parish government and Sheriff’s Office, is assisting in the rehabilitation efforts. The parish government is picking up the initial cost with the expectation of getting reimbursement from FEMA.

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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