Ed Tinsley

The News & Advance

Retired Virginia State Police Trooper Ed Tinsley is scheduled to share his memories of the devastating effects of Hurricane Camille in Nelson and Amherst counties during a Sept. 15 presentation in Amherst.

The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. that Sunday in Amherst County Museum and Historical Society’s Hamble Center.

Tinsley kept a journal of his observations as he worked to help Nelson County recover from Hurricane Camille’s unprecedented flooding.

“My honest feelings are that there could never be an accurate description or record in the history books as to what goes on here and what has gone on here except what has been seen by my eyes and the eyes of the people who have been in it,” Tinsley wrote in his journal.

“Words will tell part of it. But it will never be accurately described or made a part of history except by the people that looked at it.”

Tinsley spent the evening of Aug. 19, 1969, in Bedford County, where he said just a couple of inches of rain fell. At the time, he had no idea of the 27- to 35-inch deluge in Nelson. His journal began Aug. 20, 1969.

He will speak during the Sept. 15 program on his participating in 27 days of rescue, recovery and victim identification, according to the museum. The storm resulted in 151 deaths in Virginia, including 125 in Nelson.

The free program at the museum, 154 South Main St., Amherst, is made possible through The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation. A nonperishable item or canned good for donation to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a local nonprofit, is appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

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Reach Justin Faulconer at (434) 385-5551.

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