Florence brought devastation to the Carolinas, and it will take a very long time for the land and the people to recover. In the mountains of Southwest Virginia, we were lucky in terms of flooding and power outages. This image was taken in Nelson County on the day that Hurricane Florence came through.
Florence though, was nothing like Camille, at least not in Nelson County.
On August 19, 1969, in the middle of the night while everyone slept, Camille stalled over Nelson County, Virginia, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, dropping an astonishing 27 to 31 inches of rain in just a five-hour period. The sudden inundation of water caused an entire side of a mountain at Davis Creek to cave in, destroying 23 of 25 homes.
Camille took 153 lives in Nelson County. Property damage in Virginia topped a half-billion dollars, and it was a decade before the commonwealth got back to normal.