Camille aftermath in Nelson County

The remnants of Hurricane Camille unleashed more than 2 feet of rain over parts of Nelson County, Va. on one night in August 1969, which caused catastrophic flash floods and landslides. The storm killed 153 people in Virginia, mostly in Nelson County, and it remains the worst natural disaster in state history.

The Nelson County Historical Society will commemorate the 50th anniversary of deadly flooding that devastated the county in August 1969 with a memorial program on Sunday in Lovingston.

The event, which will be held at 2 p.m. at Nelson County High School, will memorialize the 124 people who died Aug. 19-20, 1969, when more than 2 feet of rain from the remnants of Hurricane Camille triggered flooding and landslides.

The historical society also is producing a commemorative book of photographs and stories about the disaster and its impact on the county. Hardcover editions are $40, and softcovers are $30. Books will be available for pickup at the historical society’s office at Oakland Museum after Aug. 19.

For details about the program or the book, visit or call (434) 263-8400.

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— From staff reports

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