Resident states of Iberia worry about overgrown graveyard


NEW IBERIA, Louisiana (KLFY) – The City of New Iberia is seeking to help after residents reported uncontrolled, uncut grass growing on graves and walkways at St. Matthews Cemetery.

A concerned resident said: “It’s terrible, really. You are afraid of being bitten by a snake. And just the lack of respect for the deceased, and for the people who go to visit their loved ones. My mother and my family are in this cemetery and it’s just disheartening, it’s terrible.

Saint Matthews Cemetery went without lawn maintenance for months. When locals contacted the gardeners, they were disappointed.

“I contacted the groundskeeper and he told me to call whoever I want because he doesn’t get paid for that,” the resident said.

Residents would later receive a call from the city saying to be patient as help might be on the way.

“The city said at one point they couldn’t do anything about it. But the secretary to the mayor has been trying to get people and churches to see what they can do about it. I really appreciate it. this and I try to be patient about it,” said a concerned resident.

The mayor’s secretary told residents that the reason for the wait is lack of funding for the project.


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