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St. Matthew's Cemetery takes its decision to move more than 200 caskets to court

Posted at 7:48 AM, May 23, 2019

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Right now, the St. Matthew's Cemetery in West Seneca is taking its decision to move hundreds of caskets to court, calling it an "emergency situation."

Part of Cayuga Creek near the cemetery collapsed, prompting officials to move more than 200 caskets in April. The cemetery says it's moving them to prevent the caskets from falling into the creek.

Some family members upset by the decision are now preparing a lawsuit. Meanwhile, St. Matthew's is seeking a judge to retroactively approve the move.

The cemetery says affected families will soon receive letters about the issue.