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SOUTH MAN — Sunday marked 51 years since the Buffalo Creek Disaster, the worst flood in West Virginia’s history.

At approximately 8 a.m. on Feb. 26, 1972, a man-made coal slurry impoundment dam, which was operated by the Pittston Coal Company, burst following a prolonged period of heavy rainfall. The result of the dam bursting was 132 million gallons of black wastewater being unleashed onto the 16 communities that encompass Buffalo Creek.

HD Media news reporter Dylan Vidovich can be contacted via email at dvidovich@hdmediallc.com.

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