50 Years Ago August 1969 - Hurricane Camille

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    I got to spend some time with the police officer who was in charge of the search and recovery, they really should make a movie of the event.
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    One of only three Cat 5 hurricanes to make landfall in the US. But the Gulf coast got just part of the show. The real show occurred after Camille became a tropical depression in the Ohio Valley.

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    Residents of Nelson County Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains slept soundly since the forecast was just for showers as the remains of Camille passed over. But what happened was a Cold front hit Camille as it passed over and unleashed the unbelievable. In an estimated 3 hours some areas of the County saw 31” of rainfall. The National Weather Service said it was "the probable maximum rainfall which meteorologists compute to be theoretically possible."

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    What occurred was the rainfall just gouged out huge sections of mountain sides, burying everything below.

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    113 and 39 missing in this rural county.
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