Oakview & Riverside Cemeteries After Hurricane Michael
The Oakview and Riverside Cemeteries, owned by the City of Albany, sustained a considerable amount of devastation by Hurricane Michael. A cease and desist letter from GEMA/FEMA and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) was received by staff to make sure that restoration is completed properly according to specific guidelines. Regular public access is not allowed at this time.
Donald Gray, Director of Facilities Management stated, “Cemetery services will be offered on a case by case basis, due to the ongoing damage assessment and corrective measures. There are gravesite damages that should be handled in a most sensitive and respectful manner.”
A FEMA Environmental Assessment Representative will assist cemetery staff to assess the grounds and make sure that the guidelines are followed to properly clean-up the cemetery. Although the damage is not visible from the road, there are areas that have extensive damage. Staff will work with families and funeral homes to try to accommodate their needs.
Phone lines were impacted by the storm preventing calls from being received. A new phone line has been installed and calls can now be made to the Administrative Office’s new number at 229.302.1420.
For more information, contact Monique Broughton Knight, Public Information Officer at 229.733.2225.