The Buffalo Creek Disaster
  • Release Date : 26 January 2011
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Pages : 320 pages
  • ISBN 13 : 9780307783844
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Download or read book entitled The Buffalo Creek Disaster by author: Gerald M. Stern which was release on 26 January 2011 and published by Vintage with total page 320 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. One Saturday morning in February 1972, 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 Gerald M. Stern, who as a young lawyer and took on the case and won.