January 5, 2011
Snow dumping topples headstones in Brooklyn cemetery
New York City snow removal trucks dumped tons of snow from the area’s recent blizzard into the city’s largest Jewish cemetery, toppling 21 headstones.
An iron fence around Brooklyn’s Washington Cemetery also was damaged when crews from the Sanitation Department dumped the snow into the cemetery over New Year’s weekend, the New York Post reported Wednesday.
The damage was discovered Sunday. Family members of some relatives buried in the cemetery have visited in recent days to check on the graves.
Several cars parked next to the cemetery also were buried; some were damaged.
The cemetery reportedly will file a claim with the city.
The blizzard that hit the New York metropolitan area Dec. 26-27 dropped 2 feet or more of snow in some spots.