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Disaster Date:01/03/2021

Breathitt County, KY


What Happened

Significant rainstorms struck Breathitt County, KY during the end of February and beginning of March 2021. 7-8 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours. The intense rain caused damage to structures, knocked down trees, and caused landslides. It also caused a boil water advisory due to overwhelmed water systems. This is the second major flooding disaster in two years for Eastern Kentucky.

Volunteer in Breathitt County, KY

What MDS Is Doing

MDS volunteers will focus on replacing drywall, insulation, flooring, painting, trim, cabinets, and replacing interior and exterior doors. Volunteers will also replace porches, decks and wheelchair ramps that were washed away in the flood.


Breathitt County is located in the eastern Appalachian portion of Kentucky. The population is approximately 16,100 people. About 33% of the population is below the poverty line. Jackson is the capital of Breathitt County. Jackson was originally known as Breathitt until 1843, when it was renamed to honor Andrew Jackson. The city is located on the north bank of the North Fork of the Kentucky River.

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