The Flood Of Buffalo Creek

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Everything in its path Everything in its path is a book that describes the wreckage and aftermath of one of the most server floods to strike West Virginia. The flood struck Buffalo creek a small narrow town in the hollow of the Appalachians Mountains in the winter of 1972. Debris from hundreds of mine operations spills down the slope like ashes. Buffalo creek is one of those mountains hollow that some seventeen miles in length. Around five thousands residents lived along this hollow this small strip of land in 1972 all of whom had houses and lives were washed away by the horrific flood that stuck Buffalo creek. The town of Buffalo creek depends on the mines for their source of income and lively hood. When the flood struck all of the…show more content…
The effects of the Buffalo Creek were massive. Most of the homes were damaged and demolished. There was millions in property damage to be paid. Approximately 500 houses and 40 mobile homes were completely wiped away by the flood and about 950 houses and mobile homes were damaged. The whole area was like one big pool, the water washing the homes down shore. Property damage totaled to an estimate of $50 million. It was almost like one side of the houses of the creek were more safe, as the water rushed down stream it would wash away the houses on the right side of the creek as the creek curved to the left, it would then take the houses on the left side further down when the next curve was to the right. The cleaning up process of this disaster took a very long time, since there was so much debris from the homes and cars it made it a lot more tedious work. It can only be imagined how much this disaster effected the people of this community. Approximately 120 people died, among those were 3 babies, over 4,000 were to be homeless, and 7 people were to never be found. Not only did this flood affect people physically, but also mental, psychologically, and finically. Local schools had been opened up as a center for people with no homes, also people were put into mobile homes. What was not put into consideration was their former neighborhood. People that they have been living
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