New Orleans is closing a historic cemetery in the Garden District for maintenance and repairs.
Officials say they are closing Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 for restoration purposes, putting a halt on any tours or public visits to the site.
Planned work includes fixing a water line, improving drainage, removing and repaving paths, fixing a brick wall and abandoned tombs, removing magnolia trees and thoroughly cleaning up debris.
City spokeswoman LaTonya Norton says the work on the famous cemetery will begin today and although they don't know how long it will take, officials will announce when it's done.
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