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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
Mimi Pickering of Appalshop Films of Whitesburg, Ky., planned to present "Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man," a documentary about the 1972 Buffalo Creek disaster." The film festival was sponsored by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), Coal River Mountain Watch, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, and the Citizens Coal Council.
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.