Remembering Buffalo Creek February 26, 1972. Stewart Plein Special Collections Librarian West Virginia University College of Law. The Flood. Part 1. February 26, 1972. Saturday morning, 8:00 a.m .
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Special Collections Librarian
West Virginia University College of Law
Saturday morning, 8:00 a.m.
Families were home. Mothers were cooking breakfast. Fathers were sleeping. Children were beginning to rise.
Most were still in their pajamas, unaware of the approaching water.
The only warning came from neighbors as they ran up the mountainside to escape.
Most never knew what was coming.
Many were swept away still inside their homes.
125 killed, 4,000 left homeless, 1,100 injured 502 houses and 44 mobile homes demolished943 houses and mobile homes damaged 1,000 cars and trucks destroyedProperty damage estimated at $50 million
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