Dickerson, a science teacher at Man High School, has been collecting photos and information about the disaster for around seven years.
The Lundale native was 10 years old when the disaster struck. He said he started the project to make sure younger generation know the history of the disaster.
"I was just afraid that the next generation was [not going to hear the story]," he said. "That was what sat me straight up in the bed at night."
So far, Dickerson and the library have collected photographs of 30 people lost in the disaster. Finding pictures of the victims has been the most difficult part, he said.
Barbara Brunty was in her early 20s and the mother of a 3-year-old at the time of the flood. When the water came, she and other neighbors in her Lundale neighborhood headed for higher ground on a nearby hill. Her husband and another man rescued a family from their house that the water was moving.
Brunty, now 62, said the disaster changed Buffalo Creek in more ways than one.
"Our communities were so close," Brunty said. "We lost that with the flood. It's just so different. We don't know our neighbors. We lost that, and this [memorial] brings us back together.
"I was very fortunate that I did not lose my family. Very fortunate."
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