60 Moments: Buffalo Creek Flood

It was a community known only for its coal miners and the small creek that wound its way down the hillside.

But in 1972, the name "Buffalo Creek" took on a whole new meaning when a 20 to 30 foot wall of water went crashing through the small community.

125 people died or were never found when a coal waste dam broke and sent water rushing, taking out homes, bridges, cars and lives. What was once home to a coal mining community, was not home to hundreds of emergency and relief workers.

The workers gathered to help those in need, search for those missing and offer comfort to those left behind.

Governor Arch Moore put together a team that quickly inspected dams across the state, draining and closing those considered unsafe.

Those who survived were left clinging to only memories of a community that once was.

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