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West Virginia Flood #20835

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 30, 1972
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(Studio) Buffalo Creek Dam disaster in West Virginia last February cost more than 100 lives. Senate subcommittee releases Army Corps of Engineers study which reports dam never should have been built in first Place. Senator hearings held to establish responsibility.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) [Labor subcommittee chairperson, Senator Harrison WILLIAMS - hopes to learn why mine officials did not enforce own regulations.] Corps of Engineers Garth Fuquay uses model to describe disaster, implying Pittston Company did not employ sound engineering practice in building or maintaining dam; state and Federal agencies allowed it to happen. Survivors of flood testify. [Survivor Virgie LUSK - describes how house was torn to splinters.] [Pittston Company President, Nicholas CAMICIA - says company officials thought dam was safe and free of substantial defect.]
REPORTER: Jim Kincaid

Kincaid, Jim;
Reasoner, Harry

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