The Mississippi Gulf Coast the day after Hurricane Camille. Call Number: PI/2000.0017 (MDAH Collection)

The Mississippi Gulf Coast the day after Hurricane Camille. Call Number: PI/2000.0017 (MDAH Collection)

Camille, a category 5 hurricane, made landfall on the Gulf Coast just east of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, around midnight on August 17, 1969, with winds estimated at 200 miles per hour and tides fifteen to thirty-two feet above normal. As it moved through central Kentucky and into West Virginia and Virginia, it dumped up to thirty-one inches of rain, generating flash floods and landslides. The storm system caused an estimated 259 deaths (three in Cuba, 143 on the Gulf Coast, and 113 in the Virginia floods) and $1.421 billion in damage. The Hurricane Camille images were produced by Joe A. Patterson on August 19, 1969. They form part of the Patterson (Joy D.) Slide Collection, PI/2000.0017.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast the day after Hurricane Camille. Call Number: PI/2000.0017 (MDAH Collection)

The Mississippi Gulf Coast the day after Hurricane Camille. Call Number: PI/2000.0017 (MDAH Collection)

View more photographs of the aftermath in these collections on Flickr:

Patterson (Joy D.) Slide Collection

Hurricane Camille Photograph Collection