Feb. 26, 2022 is the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo Creek Flood in Logan County, WV. 125 people were killed and 4000 left homeless when a poorly-constructed coal waste dam owned by the Pittston Company collapsed at the head of Buffalo Creek. A coal company official said the disaster was simply “an act of God,” but few survivors accepted that response. This program features the soundtrack of Mimi Pickering’s film about what happened and why, and a follow up focusing on the efforts to rebuild the communities after the disaster. Both films, Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man and Buffalo Creek Revisited, are available for rent or purchase from Appalshop.
February 21, 2022