REMEMBERING HURRICANE CAMILLE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 AT THE AMHERST COUNTY MUSEUM

Join us at the Hamble Center at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2019 as we remember Hurricane Camille’s rage and destruction in Amherst and Nelson Counties during August 1969. Retired State Trooper Ed Tinsley will take us on a flashback journey of his 27 days in rescue, recovery and victim identification. Within a 12 hour period Nelson County received 27 inches (official record) of rain causing mud and rock slides, flash flooding and debris surging. There, “rainfall was so heavy that reports were received of birds drowning in trees, cows floating down the Hatt Creek and of survivors having to cup hands around their mouth and nose in order to breathe through the deluge.” Unofficial estimates were much greater with one farmer reporting 31 inches in a 155 gallon barrel, almost filling it, and more than 40 inches of rainfall at Davis Creek. One hundred fifty-one Virginia fatalities, with 125 in Nelson County.

Let’s remember this tragedy by bringing a nonperishable item or canned good to be donated to Neighbors Helping Neighbors of Amherst County.

 The program is open to the public with no admission fee. The Museum is located at 154 South Main Street in Amherst. Light refreshments will be served.

This program is made possible by The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation.

The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to discover, collect and preserve objects related to the history and genealogy of Amherst County. The society exhibits, interprets and offers its collections to provide educational experiences for people of all ages.

For additional information contact Octavia Starbuck, Director, Amherst County Museum and Historical Society at 434-946-9068 or by the website email: staff@amherstcountymuseum.org.