Lynchburg Museum Looks Back At Flood In 1969

Lynchburg, VA- Tuesday marks 45 years since the flood, Camille, wrecked Nelson County and surrounding areas, and the Lynchburg Museum is taking a look back to remember the damage it caused.

One hundred and 25 people lost their lives as a result of this flood. We're told it breaks a global record for the most water to accumulate in such a small time.

Retired Trooper Ed Tinsley was there when it happened and he says stats from the National Weather Service say 27 inches of rain fell in just five hours. That was remnants from Hurricane Camille, the second category 5 to hit the United States, at the time in 1969. Nelson County got hit hard.

Tinsley says the flood left the county cut off from communications and traffic for more than a week. He tells people his story because he says it's important to look back and remember history.

Tuesday Tinsley will give a presentation at the Lynchburg Museum. He says he will look back on his experience, incorporate the existing "Experience the James" Exhibit, and look back on the history of all the floods that have hit our area. It starts Tuesday afternoon at 3.

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