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Aerial view of where the dam failed just east of Saunders. Buffalo Creek runs westward along the far left branch. Lee Fork is on the middle right. The Middle Fork, where the three dams were situated, shows an empty reservoir.
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.