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Mural, Documentary Remember Buffalo Creek Disaster


  West Virginia’s 1972 Buffalo Creek disaster is being remembered in a mural.

Canadian artist Kevin Ledo began work on the mural Tuesday. His canvas is the outside brick wall of one of the few buildings in the Logan County community of Man still standing from before the flood that killed 125 people, injured 1,100 and left 4,000 homeless.

The flood occurred when an earthen dam along Buffalo Creek collapsed after heavy rain, sending 132 million gallons of coal waste into the community.

The mural, which depicts floodwaters and a mother cradling a baby, is being filmed for a documentary that tells the story of Buffalo Creek survivor Kerry Albright. His mother and brother died in the disaster.

The mural is expected to be completed by this weekend.