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File photo/The Herald-Dispatch Eddie Maynard recalls Billy Aldridge's warnings that the dam had broken. He and his father returned to Lorado. As they approached the intersection of Toney Fork Road and Buffalo Creek, his father ordered him to "Put the car in reverse, and go backward as fast as you can." The wall of black water was closing in.

Gallery: The Buffalo Creek Flood

Feb. 26, 2015 @ 12:31 PM

In 1972, the Logan County community of Buffalo Creek experienced the most destructive flood in West Virginia history, when a coal waste dam burst and 130 million gallons of water and sludge poured through nearby mining towns. During the Buffalo Creek Flood on Feb. 26, 1972, 125 people lost their lives, 1,100 were injured and 4,000 were left homeless.