The massive damage done by Monday's storm did what the pandemic could not: it closed Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum to visitors.
Many of the trees were toppled Monday afternoon, and there is damage to the walls and fences as well.
It could be up to a month before reopening. This is from the website:
Dear families and visitors,And then a little later on Twitter:
For the safety of our families, visitors, and staff, we are temporarily closing our gates due to significant storm damage sustained during the Derecho experienced on August 10, 2020.
Unfortunately, the damage sustained requires us to keep the gates closed to the public until further notice.
Your safety is an utmost priority for us.
We thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this time.
Please continue to check back for updates regarding reopening once the cemetery has been cleared.
We hope you are all safe after the storm.
Unfortunately, the damage to Graceland is very severe and extensive. We have no updates as to when we will be reopening but it could likely be more than a month. We are working closely with our tree removal company and our usual landscaping company to restore safety.We hope for the best for one of our favorite places in Uptown.