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Disaster Date:12/10/2021

Dawson Springs, KY


What Happened

From December 10-11, 2021, a major tornado outbreak occurred in Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky. This outbreak is the deadliest on record in December, with 89 deaths and at least 55 injuries. Up to 75% of Dawson Springs was destroyed by the ER4 tornado. At least 19 people died as a result

What MDS Is Doing

MDS volunteers will be building new homes.


Dawson Springs is located in southwestern Hopkins County in western Kentucky. The town has a population of about 2,400 people. The climate is generally hot and humid in the summer and cool in the winter. Over 27% of the population is below the poverty line. From the late 1800s to the 1930s, Dawson Springs was well known as a spa and resort town. Today, Dawson Springs is still popular as a tourist destination because of the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park and nearby lakes and hiking trails.

At A Glance

Weekly Reports

Dawson Springs, KY – July 9-15, 2023

A group of 13 energetic youth came from Mercersburg Mennonite Church youth group. Asa Ropp, nephew of head cook Emily Ropp, stayed another week. They worked on getting 3 houses near completion and in fact finished one home. The week ended with a...

Dawson Springs, KY – June 18 – 24, 2023

This week we had an energetic group of 14 young single adult Amish volunteers from eastern Lancaster County Pennsylvania.  For 2 days there were 3 volunteers from Kansas. Last week I forgot to mention that Michael Hogg joined us as a long-term...

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