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Heavy Rainfall Results In Sunken Graves In East L.A. Cemetery

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One consequence of our recent record-breaking rainfall is particularly macabre: graves were sinking deeper into the ground in an East L.A. cemetery.

The situation was noticed by Kim Cooper and Richard Schave, the L.A. historians who run Esotouric Bus Adventures. They posted a photo of one of about a dozen such graves they found in the historic Home of Peace Memorial Park.

Cooper and Schave told NBC 4 that the water had "saturated" the area and they wondered if it was safe to even be walking around. The affected graves are all about five years old or less, according to Schave.

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A cemetery employee who chose not to be identified told NBC 4 that they were working on fixing the grave sites immediately, and that it's not uncommon for issues like these to arise in periods of heavy rain. It makes sense: in New Orleans, a city with a high water table, many graves are above ground.

Home of Peace Memorial Park has a pretty interesting background. The first Jewish cemetery in L.A. was established in 1853 at Chavez Ravine, near where Dodger Stadium would eventually be built. In 1901, Kaspare Cohn, founder of what would become Cedars-Sinai Hospital, donated 30 acres of land in East L.A. to replace that cemetery. All of those graves were relocated to what is now Home of Peace Memorial Park.

The cemetery is the final resting place of numerous legendary figures of Hollywood. Notable residents include Curly and Shemp Howard of The Three Stooges, Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle and his children, Carl Jr. and Carla, MGM founder Louis B. Mayer, and Warner Brothers co-founders Harry, Jack and Sam Warner.