Buffalo Creek Disaster

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One of the deadliest floods in US history; it occurred in February, 1972, in southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow and is attributed to negligent strip mining and heavy rain; 125 died and over 4,000 people were left homeless
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One of the first natural disasters ever studied for its long-term emotional consequences was the Buffalo Creek flood in West Virginia in 1972, which killed 125 people in a small community and left 500 homeless.