The Buffalo Creek Disaster

The Buffalo Creek Disaster

How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-mining History Brought Suit Against the Coal Company -- and Won

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This volume describes the Buffalo Creek Flood -- and also the investigation and legal actions that followed. The Buffalo Creek Flood was a disaster that occurred in 1972 in West Virginia. An impoundment dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a 130 million gallon, 25 foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris crashing into southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow. It was one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history. 125 people were killed instantly, more than 1,000 were injured, and over 4,000 were suddenly homeless. Instead of accepting the small settlements offered by the coal company's insurance offices, a few hundred of the survivors banded together to sue. This is the story of their triumph over incredible odds and corporate irresponsibility, as told by the author -- a young lawyer and who took on the case and won.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books,, 2008
Edition: 2nd Vintage books ed
ISBN: 9780307388490
Branch Call Number: 345.73 Stern 2008
Characteristics: xiv, 282 pages ; 21 cm


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