Old coal mine burst, flooding Buchanan County neighborhood

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Residents of Buchanan County, Virginia are digging out after an old mine burst, sending water and mud rushing through their neighborhood on Wednesday.

A mine that shut down 25 years ago had filled with water, leading to this mess near the town of Hurley. Road crews were scraping mud off the street, fences and boulders. Driveways were washed away leaving some people stranding in their homes.

“It kept raising until it got over the bridge, took the bridge out and all this debris that come from up there,” said Phyllis Rife.

The Virginia Department of Mines, minerals and energy has engineers looking into what happened. C.M Mining, which owns the mine, will have to pay for cleanup and faces potential fines.

Meanwhile, residents face a long road ahead in the effort to return their neighborhood to normal.

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