Hurricane Camille 1969 - MS Newspaper article. Louisiana towns mentioned.
Camille-name Camille-name of infamy Â· PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (UPI)-K began as "a glob of weather," a hazy Â· patch of clouds detected by s weather Â· satellite off the coast of Africa. It became Camille, a .name that will live- .In Infamy /In the litany of hurricanes: A hellion which drifted In seeming Innocence' across the Atlantic Ocean; gathered iher terrible strength over Cuba, and fell without mercy upon the southern coast of the United States. .The cost - o f ) Canilllu will not be known for months. But the awesome ou'tllnts of Its havoc are discernible. The dead still lie in their crushed homes, in back water .bayous, In fallen stands of timber, In the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where Camille swept them from the' land. There are hundreds of .thousands homeless. Jh news dispatches of disasters, the word "homeless" usually means people who have been driven from their homes for a time and who will rttuni. Â· There Is, little to return to In Pass Christian au'd other towns along the Gulf Coast. There are homes cut off at the foundation and spewed across Harrison County, mansions whose second floors gleam in' the blazing sun above first floors eVlscerated by Camille's tidal wave. There I are towns listed on the map that doi not exist any more. South of New Orleans, Boothville and Venice just north . of the mouth. of the Mississippi River'are, for all purposes of habitation, gone.' At midweek they were under five feet ofiwater'and the buildings belonged to the catfish and the minnows. There are economies in shambles, perhaps battered beyond repair and dtmage estimates, ranging from' $500 million j to $1 billion. Since . Civil War days, Mississippi's Gulf Coast has been a resort haven, first for the plantation aristocracy, more recently for Midwestemers seeking the sun and the / water. Now waterfront motels at Biloxl stand as empty skeletons, all ,but the bare bones washed away by Camille. The lobbies of proud hotels and GoGo girlie joints ore waterscarred,'caves. Again, there Is brave talk of a comeback and a food share hopeless shrugs.