The Buffalo Creek Disaster | SpringerLinkThe collapse of the Buffalo Creek dam and subsequent flood disaster has received a great deal of attention in the literature since its occurrence in Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF. Skip to main content. Advertisement Hide.
Buffalo Creek flood
This book is particularly significant in the aftermath of the Teton Dam disaster in Idaho this past June. Thus, the book may be an omen of the scores of similar legal and political confrontations that are bound to occur over the next decade. For four years, the Pittston Company had ignored warnings from local people and some mine safety experts that the structure was urtsotind. Though the book is poorly organized, its dramatic tension revolves around the issue of survivors' settlements. Mine owners had long been accustomed to paying relatively low sums after disasters. Clearly, they don't want the tradition tampered with.
The Buffalo Creek flood was a disaster that occurred on February 26, , when the Pittston Coal Company's coal slurry impoundment dam 3, located on a hillside in Logan County , West Virginia , burst, four days after having been declared "satisfactory" by a federal mine inspector. Out of a population of 5, people, were killed, 1, were injured, and over 4, were left homeless. Dam 3, constructed of coarse mining refuse dumped into the Middle Fork of Buffalo Creek starting in , failed first, following heavy rains. The water from dam 3 then overwhelmed dams 2 and 1. Dam 3 had been built on top of coal slurry sediment that had collected behind dams 1 and 2, instead of on solid bedrock. Two commissions investigated the disaster.
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A typical geographic feature for West Virginia, its long, winding hollow stretches for twenty miles with steep ridges on either side. Numerous towns sprang up over the years in this coal rich hollow and the population fluctuated similarly to the rise and fall of mining "booms" and "busts. Dleser, Back to Table of Contents. The old one proved to be questionable when it failed in There was no considerable damage, but the threat remained.