File photo/The Herald-Dispatch
The destruction along Buffalo Creek on Feb. 27, 1972, included not only residential structures but several mining operations such as this one in the process of being demolished. During the flood, 125 people lost their lives, 1,100 were injured and 4,000 were left homeless.
Gallery: The Buffalo Creek Flood
Feb. 26, 2014 @ 11:01 AM
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.