RIPLEY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Recent rains have soaked the grounds at Tippah Memorial Gardens, and a backhoe left behind ruts which go over graves.
"We were appalled [at what we saw]. Deep ruts are over the gravesite where my infant son is buried. We were really unable to have any final closure at my mother's grave site that afternoon because it was all so upsetting," said Ripley resident Jim Walden.
Mortimer Management Corporation gave the following statement to wtva.com:
"We understand that there are ruts and excess dirt at the cemetery. The excess dirt will be removed, the ruts filled in, the gravesite will be leveled, and the memorials will be straightened out. We are very sorry to all the families who were affected by this. It was not intentional and we assure you it is a priority to be fixed and on wet days the equipment is going to cause ruts in the cemetery."
Action is what family members of the deceased want immedietly.
"I hope that we can all stand together and hopefully get something done for the families that are here because it's just not right," said Ginger Martin, Ripley resident.
Work crews did work late Tuesday afternoon at the cemetery.
One Ripley resident said they would keep a watchful eye on the property once action is taken to fix the current conditions.