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Analysis of Coal Refuse Dam Failure. Middle Fork Buffalo Creek, Saunders, West Virginia. Volume 1. Text.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
NTIS: PB/215-142 Available for Reference At Bureau Libraries :
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10010519
Abstract
On February 26, 1972, a coal refuse dam, owned and operated by the Buffalo Mining Company, failed near Saunders, West Virginia. The resulting flooding of the Buffalo Creek Walley had national ramifications. The immediate consequences of the flooding were the deaths of 118 persons and 7 reported missing, the loss of over 500 homes, and extensive flood damage to their property in Buffalo Creek Valley. Several investigations were started immediately after the disaster; some were under government auspices, while others were initiated by groups of concerned citizens. These investigations relied primarily on personal observations, and eyewitness reports, although the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey undertook limited field and laboratory testing. These original investigations contributed to an understanding of the Buffalo Creek Flood. The principal contributions of this report are the presentation of a comprehensive view of the failure with essential data integrated from many sources, and an analysis of the failure based on a thorough program of subsurface exploration and sampling, field and laboratory testing, and engineering analyses.
Publication Date
19720101
Document Type
CP;
Fiscal Year
1972
NTIS Accession No.
PB-215142
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
OFR 10(1)-73
Source Name
NTIS: PB/215-142; Available for Reference At Bureau Libraries
State
WV;
Performing Organization
W. A. Wahler & Associates
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