RALEIGH — Two of the three city cemeteries damaged by last spring's tornadoes have reopened to the public, and the third is expected to reopen soon.
Mount Hope and O'Rorke Catholic cemeteries are now open, after a contractor removed trees and limbs knocked down by tornadoes on April 16.
The City Cemetery on South East Street remains closed, but it should reopen soon, the city announced this week.
Headstone and monument repair work continues at all three cemeteries, the city said.
The city hired a contractor in November to begin removing trees and other debris from the cemeteries. Before that, archaeologists from a firm in Tennessee had spent six months meticulously combing through the historic cemeteries to recover shards of broken monuments and headstones.
City officials had urged patience as they fielded numerous calls from people wondering when the cemeteries would reopen. They noted that cleanup in the cemeteries after Hurricane Fran took nine months, and the damage then was not nearly as severe.