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Texarkana community seeks to rescue storm-damaged cemetery

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A tree service specialist with family members buried in the cemetery works to remove fallen trees. A tree service specialist with family members buried in the cemetery works to remove fallen trees.
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

Severe weather rips through an historic Texarkana cemetery, the foundation of which dates back to the 1800s.

Now the community is looking for help to restore the final resting place of their loved ones.

Linda Reed talks about her daughter's resting place.

"She was killed by a drunk driver, and my parents are right here beside her," Reed says.

Reed made a special visit Thursday to check on her daughter's grave after Tuesday's storms damaged Harmony Grove Cemetery.

"It looks like there was a lot of damage, and it looks like they are cleaning it up very good and they are doing an awesome job," Reed says.

High winds blew over several trees in the cemetery, which is in the southern part of Texarkana.

Craig Henderson, of Premier Tree Service, describes the scene.

"Back in the back we had two or three that almost crushed tomb stones. But, by the grace of God, they didn't crush them," Henderson says.

Henderson and his employees were out Thursday to clear the area of downed trees.

"This is my family church, and their family is buried here. I've got friends that passed away, and they are buried out here -- people I grew up with," Henderson says.

But Henderson says that more than his help is needed to return the cemetery to its former state. A community-wide clean-up is set for Saturday morning.

Says Reed: "I hope all the crowds be out here, and it looks like they are doing an awesome job."

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