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Nelson Marks 44th Anniversary Of Hurricane Camille

Nelson Marks 44th Anniversary Of Hurricane Camille

Those who have families who have been in Nelson County for generations say they can never forget August 19th, 1969. That’s when Tropical Storm Camille met up with a cold front in the Blue Ridge Mountains and stalled. The storm brought 27 inches of rain in a few hours, and the combination of all that water and the mountainous terrain proved to be deadly.  Ground Zero for Camille’s rampage in Virginia was the community of Massies Mill, where entire families died as homes got carried away in flash floods and mudslides. Using the most conservative estimates, the countywide total of those who drowned, were crushed, or their bodies were never found tops 120. Nelson County has one of Virginia’s historical markers (pictured) that tells the story of Camille. The storm flooded other communities on both sides of Afton Mountain, including Scottsville, Waynesboro and Buena Vista.