The Buffalo Creek Disaster
  • Author : Gerald M. Stern
  • Release Date : 26 January 2011
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 13 : 9780307783844

Download or read book entitled The Buffalo Creek Disaster written by Gerald M. Stern and published by Vintage online. This book was released on 26 January 2011 with total pages 320. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.