Forty-eight years later, Hurricane Camille survivors tell their story

Today marks 48 years since Hurricane Camille tore through our Mississippi Gulf Coast, the night of August 17th, 1969. The category five hurricane is one of the strongest storms to hit the United States during the twentieth century.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson sat down with survivors who share their memories of the monster hurricane decades later.
It’s been 48 years since Hurricane Camille ripped through the Mississippi Gulf Coast, taking with her hundreds of lives. Their names forever etched in a memorial, but the memory of Camille’s victims are alive and well still today. Gulfport resident Joe Meadows said, “Went down to the beach to a friend’s house. They were going to ride the storm out and they were all killed.”
Sixty-two year-old Anneas Moses is one of those who lost his life the night of August 17th, 1969. One of the reasons he chose to brave the storm still stands on Highway 49 in Gulfport. Chase Moses said, “People remember him from the business here because he was here before we were and we still get stories about him even now.”
Chase Moses was two-years-old when his Grandpa Anneas drowned in his west Gulfport home the night of Camille. “They actually had to carry me, swimming through the storm, from the beachfront at Highway 90 where the house was back up to my uncle’s house.”
Gulfport resident Joe Meadows also lived on the beach when the storm came rushing in. “The night Camille struck, a friend of mine, I saw him backing his car out of his garage and I thought what in the world is he doing? It was raining really hard. The wind was blowing hard.”
Meadows says his friend did not make it out alive. A memorial in Biloxi was built to remember the at least 170 people found dead or missing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “It’s crucial that we remember those things because hurricanes are going to keep coming. We can’t stop them and we need to prepare for the very worst,” said Meadows.
And carry with us lessons learned. “It did teach my dad. He said you can always replace the stuff, career, whatever, but you lose people,” said Moses.

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