|Presentation of the meteorological causes of Camille and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) imagery to show where and why the soil
started to slide and the geological consequences of the storm.
The Nelson County Historical Society will present a program on the meteorological causes and geological consequences of Hurricane
Camille on Sunday, May 19 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Heritage Center (old middle school) on U.S. 29 south of Colleen.
"The Meteorological Causes and Impact of Camille" by Dr. Jeff Halverson of the University of Maryland Baltimore County will present his
extensive analysis of Camille. Anne Carter Witt, a geo-hazards specialist with the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources will
talk on "Landslide Failures During Camille," using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) imagery to show where and why the soil started to
slide and the consequences of the storm.
This will be the third in a series of programs on Camille marking the 50th anniversary of the storm. Flooding and landslides killed 124 people
in Nelson County and dozens more statewide in what then-Gov. Mills Godwin called "The greatest natural disaster in Virginia's history.”
Also on tap will be a Concert for Camille starring Jimmy Fortune and Friends on June 15 at the Rockfish Valley Community Center and a
program scheduled for June 23 will document the work of military helicopter pilots and other organizations outside the county. in the search
and recovery effort following Camille's devastation. An August 18 Memorial Service for the victims of Camille will be held at Nelson County
High School. All programs, except for the Concert for Camille, are free of charge.