Flooded Funeral Home Nearly Loses Caskets

Monday, Sep 12, 2011  |  Updated 8:59 AM EDT
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Trailer Community Floods in Pr. William County

Cynthia Faram

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Trailer Community Floods in Pr. William County

Flood waters from the Marumsco Creek forced the evacuation of the Holly Hill trailer community, displacing 200 this weekend.
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When the banks overflowed on Marumsco Creek in Prince William County last week, several feet of floodwater threatened to carry away anything not fixed firmly into the ground.

For three corpses in a Woodbridge funeral home, those floodwaters almost spelled a watery grave.

InsideNova reported that the five feet of water that rose through the Aden Muslim Funeral Services building on Easy Street on Thursday, nearly carrying three caskets away.

From InsideNova:

"Transportation Manager Nasser Saleh said he had to swim into the building to save the bodies of three deceased individuals inside their caskets.
Saleh tied one casket to the table, which was attached to a sink against the wall. He tied another to a staircase in an adjacent room."

Thanks to Saleh's efforts, there would be no burials at sea.  After some cleanup, the funeral home was back in operation this weekend, InsideNova reported.

The soaking rains from Tropical Storm Lee caused flooding throughout the region.  The nearby Holly Hill trailer community was evacuated, affecting 200 residents.

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