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The Buffalo Mining Company continued to operate after the flood of 1972, until 1993. They piled their slade in the same spot as before but didn't stockpile water behind it. In 1999, it stood deserted and overgrown.
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.