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Disaster Date:07/28/2022

Eastern KY


What Happened

On July 28, 2022, torrential rains hit Eastern Kentucky, washing out homes and roads forcing people to seek shelter on rooftops. 37 people reported dead, many other had to be rescued. The steep slopes of the Appalachians allow water to rush quickly into the narrow valleys below, sometimes swamping hollows before residents have a chance to escape. In this storm, residents had 20 minutes. A three-inch rain will cause flooding – these torrential rains produced 8 – 12 inches in less than ten hours.

Volunteer in Eastern KY

What MDS Is Doing

MDS volunteers will be mucking out homes and removing water damage belongings. Other properties will be clearing out debris because these is not a house left on the property (washed away). The work will be very dirty, hard work. We will be wearing Tyvek suits, respirators, etc.  If volunteers have their own rubber boots, they should bring them. We will be encountering heavy mud, mold, debris, and trash in and outside of homes and moving it all to the curb.


Hindman, KY is located just west of the center of Knott County. It sits in the valley of Troublesome Creek, at the junction of its Left Fork and Right Fork. Hindman has a total area of 3.1 square miles. The population is less than 1,000 people. About 38% of the population is below the poverty line.

Weekly Reports

Hindman, KY – September 4-10, 2022

We began this week on Saturday when four volunteers came to work over the Labor Day holiday weekend. A couple from Pittsburg worked on Saturday afternoon and Sunday, and two volunteers from Indianapolis worked from Saturday afternoon through Tuesday...

Hindman, KY – August 21-27, 2022

Sunday, August 21st found the early response team gathering for their orientation meeting at Camp Nathanael near Hindman, KY.  Brent Trumbo, investigator, had already been at work contacting folks in the community to see what needs were most needed...