Ceremonies set to remember Hurricane Camille

Damage left by Hurricane Camille on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Aug. 17, 1969 (Source: NOAA)

PEARL, Miss. (WTOK) - Aug. 17, 1969, is known as one of the most destructive days in the history of Mississippi.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and counties on the Gulf Coast Saturday will remember that day, the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Camille’s landfall in the state.

At 8:30 a.m., there will be a flower ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery in Gulfport. The purpose is to honor the three still unidentified people who died during the storm. These unidentified victims were three of 143 people who died in Mississippi due to the storm.

Listed below are the other ceremonies taking place Saturday:

• 9:15 a.m. – Coffee with National Hurricane Center Executive Director Ken Graham and MEMA Executive Director Greg Michel at the Harrison County EOC 1801 23rd Ave. in Gulfport
• 5 p.m. – Memorial service at Camille Memorial/Church of Redeemer
610 Water St. in Biloxi
• 6 p.m. – Program at Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum
115 First St. in Biloxi
• 6:30 p.m. – Memorial at War Memorial Park
U.S. Highway 90 and Fleitas Avenue in Pass Christian

Not only is the power of Camille not forgotten by those who survived it, it is also not forgotten by those who study its power. A modern re-analysis of the storm shows Camille made landfall with maximum-sustained winds nearing 200 miles per hour and, in some areas, caused a storm surge of over 22 feet. It also split Ship Island in half, and the total damage caused by the storm was $1.43 billion.

MEMA encourages all Mississippians to have a plan in place in case you need to evacuate for a hurricane.

You can download MEMA’s 2019 Hurricane Preparedness Guide by clicking the attached link.