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


PB215143

Publication Date 1973
Page Count 198
Abstract On February 26, 1972, a coal refuse dam, owned and operated by the Buffalo Mining Company, failed near Saunders, W. Va. The resulting flooding of the Buffalo Creek Valley 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 other property in Buffalo Creek Valley. Basic data were gathered during the investigation of the Middle Fork Valley dams and refuse bank above Saunders during field investigations of the site conducted from the end of March through mid-September 1972. The information consisted of field mapping, subsurface exploration and sampling by means of auger drill holes, field density tests, field permeability tests, aerial photography, vane shear tests, and cone penetration tests. Volume II, the appendices, covers these details. (Author)
Keywords
  • Coal mining
  • Waste disposal
  • Dams
  • Failure
  • Accident investigations
  • Floods
  • Disasters
  • Flood plains
  • Damage
  • Coal mines
  • Coal preparation
  • Spillways
  • Hazards
  • Death
  • Residential buildings
  • Reservoirs
  • Drilling
  • Aerial photography
  • Subsurface investigations
  • Soil mechanics
  • West Virginia
  • Coal refuse dams
  • Middle Fork Valley
  • Buffalo Creek flood
  • Saunders(West Virginia)
Source Agency
  • Invalid Source Agency Code
NTIS Subject Category
  • 50B - Civil Engineering
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
Corporate Authors Wahler (W. A.) and Associates, Palo Alto, Calif.
Supplemental Notes See also Volume 1, PB-215 142.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 197308
Contract Number
  • S0122084
Analysis of Coal Refuse Dam Failure Middle Fork Buffalo Creek, Saunders, West Virginia. Volume II, Appendices.
Analysis of Coal Refuse Dam Failure Middle Fork Buffalo Creek, Saunders, West Virginia. Volume II, Appendices.
PB215143

  • Coal mining
  • Waste disposal
  • Dams
  • Failure
  • Accident investigations
  • Floods
  • Disasters
  • Flood plains
  • Damage
  • Coal mines
  • Coal preparation
  • Spillways
  • Hazards
  • Death
  • Residential buildings
  • Reservoirs
  • Drilling
  • Aerial photography
  • Subsurface investigations
  • Soil mechanics
  • West Virginia
  • Coal refuse dams
  • Middle Fork Valley
  • Buffalo Creek flood
  • Saunders(West Virginia)
  • Invalid Source Agency Code
  • 50B - Civil Engineering
  • 48A - Mineral Industries
  • S0122084
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