As the 50th anniversary of remnants of Hurricane Camille dealing a devastating blow to Nelson County approaches, The (Lynchburg) News & Advance recounts the memories of those who lived through the storm, honors those who aided in the recovery, and remembers the lives lost on Aug. 19-20, 1969.

Fifty years ago this year, just after dark on Aug. 19, 1969, rain began to fall in Nelson County. The remnants of Hurricane Camille had arrived — without warning, while many residents already were in bed for the night, dumping an estimated 25 to 30 inches of rain over five hours.

Editor's note: Some of the photo captions in this gallery were updated in September 2017 thanks to the assistance of Dick Whitehead, board member of the Nelson County Historical Society.

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