The Buffalo Creek Flood : an act of man and Buffalo Creek revisited
Call Number: LAW-Reserve (Videos) VC-B003a
The Buffalo Creek Flood : an act of man - 40 min. (1975) : On February 26, 1972 a coal-waste dam owned by the Pittston Company collapsed at the head of a crowded hollow in southern West Virginia. A wall of sludge, debris, and water tore through the valley below, leaving 125 dead and 4000 homeless. Through interviews with survivors, union leaders, concerned citizens, and company officials, evidence mounts that the coal company knew the dam was failing and in violation of state and federal regulations. The Pittston Company, however, continued to maintain that the disaster was "an act of God." Buffalo Creek Revisited - 31 min. (1985) : Filmed ten years after the flood, this documentary explores the second disaster in which survivor's efforts to rebuild the communities shattered by the flood were thwarted by government insensitivity and a century-old pattern of corporate control of the region's land and resources.