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Remembering Hurricane Camille, Nelson County

August marks the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Camille, the remnants of which dumped nearly 30 inches of rain on Virginia's Blue Ridge, causing debris flows and floods that destroyed homes, farms, highways, and railroads.  In the aftermath of the storm, 120 people were confirmed dead and 39 were missing and presumed dead.  Damage was estimated at $120 million in 1969 dollars.

The Division of Geology and Mineral Resources will recognize the anniversary of this geological disaster with a brown-bag program at noon on Tuesday, August 20. 

DGMR geologist Anne Witt will present, "A new look at an old storm: the 50th anniversary of the landslide disaster in Nelson County, Virginia associated with Hurricane Camille."  From the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Dam Safety Engineer Mark Kilgore will present, "Dam safety and floodplain impacts from August 1969 Hurricane Camille in Virginia."

The program will be held in the Training Room of the Natural Resources Building at 900 Natural Resources Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903.  Feel free to bring your lunch or arrive early and purchase lunch at Aroma's Cafe', which is adjacent to the Training Room.  The program is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. and last about an hour.  

Debris flow chutes in Madison County, Virginia

Learn More:
DGMR Landslide Mapping Project 2019-2021
Geologic Hazards in Virginia: Landslides

Virginia Division of Mineral Resources, 1969, Natural features caused by a catastrophic storm in Nelson and Amherst counties, Virginia:  Virginia Division of Mineral Resources Virginia Minerals, Special Issue, 20 p.