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El Nino Blamed for Shift in Ground at Rose Hills

El Nino not only sent houses sliding down steep slopes, it is causing land movement at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

The sinking and rising of ground on 14 acres in the 1,400-acre cemetery has affected 1,200 burial plots, said Dessie Wainwright, vice president of marketing. In some areas, headstones have risen or are slightly crooked.

Rose Hills has sent letters telling people whose relatives are buried in the two damaged areas, the Garden of Eternity and Resthaven, that the cemetery has set up five wells where water is being pumped out of the ground, Wainwright said.

Once all the water has been siphoned off, cemetery workers will regrade the uneven roads and burial lawns, cemetery officials said.

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