Judge Executive Dan Mosley said the issues root from a project designed to divert the Cumberland River away from the city, but it's caused several more issues than intended.
He said he spoke to those responsible, who have provided solutions, but those could cost anywhere from $2-5 Million. Mosley said that's not in the county's resources, and it was originally a federal project. He said he's been working closely with Congressman Hal Rogers for funding.
The road in the cemetery has several cracks. The mountain has fallen in more than six feet in some places and now leaders are worried graves will be affected by the mountain's sliding.
Coroner Philip Bianchi told WYMT, "If something isn't done rather soon, its going to continue to slide and we're going to have these graves compromise the integrity of the earth around the lower section of the graves, as well as the ones that are uphill."
While many of the graves at the site are unmarked, Judge Mosley said some of them hold founding members of Harlan County.
Leaders said they are trying to preserve the historical aspect of the cemetery while also preserving the graves of those who can no longer speak for themselves.
"I think, as a community, we respect the dead and honor their final resting place; and it's important to see that it's done properly," said Bianchi.
There are steps officials must take to move graves. One of which, is notifying kin. Since many of these graves are unmarked, Bianchi said that will be nearly impossible. He said, if you do have a family member or loved one buried at the Wix Howard Cemetery, to call the Coroner's Office.