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The Hurricane Camille Project

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Reporter: Sally Delta

Nelson Co., VA - Some ambitious Nelson County high school students spent their last days of class making their very own history book that's all about Hurricane Camille.

In 1969, it flooded much of the county and killed about 150 people.

For two months, three high school students sifted through hundreds of news clippings, photographs and articles all about hurricane Camille.

They say it all started with their librarian.

Library Media Specialist at Nelson County High Jane Raup remembers Hurricane Camille well.

"It was a sad time, a very sad time," she said. "The list of the dead got longer and longer with each day that passed."

She was 14 when the storm came through. Raup lived along the James River.

"We'd see trees floating down and parts of houses, we knew this was something big," she said.

Camille killed two of her close friends. But her family survived along with the local newspapers they'd almost forgotten about.

"My mother cleaned out her closet and found a box of Camille material that she didn't realize she had," said Raup.

Raup took it to school, and some of her students took on this project.

"The box was a bottomless pit, I'm not kidding," said Stephanie Bryant, a student.

Bryant and several of her friends got busy sifting, sorting, organizing hundreds of old articles and photographs.

They made a binder they call the Camille Bible. It even has a table of contents to guide you through it.

For Bryant, all this hard work was her way of giving back to her librarian.

"She knows I love that stuff, and she's always there helping me when I need it so I wanted to help them," said Bryant.

The laminated articles and book will stay in the Nelson County High School library to help future students with their history projects.

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