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West Liberty, KY

Disaster Description

West Liberty is located in Northeastern Kentucky in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is home to just over 3,000 people. Nearly 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.


An EF4 tornado hit the small community of West Liberty on March 2, 2012, carving a 60-mile path of devastation. Twenty-three persons died in Kentucky as a result of the storms that day and many homes were destroyed or damaged. In addition, almost 90% of the businesses and government buildings in West Liberty sustained damage.


MDS Response

The West Liberty Mennonite Church survived the storm with minimal damage to their property. Many of their neighbors were not quite as fortunate. MDS volunteers will be sharing facilities with the West Liberty Mennonite congregation. Volunteers will be housed in mobile bunk units and will use the church fellowship hall for meal times. Volunteers will be assisting with the building of several new homes and may assist with some repair work.


Photo Gallery


Tornado damage in West Liberty, KY. Local MDS volunteers are in the area and are working with local authorities to determine where and when volunteers are needed.


Volunteers from Conrad-Grebel University-insulating-at-Mr-Ron's-house.


Joel putting down flooring at Ms. Janet's house.


Welcome Linda - our new cook!


Crew leader meeting with Peter, Carl, Mary, Elmer and Lydia.


Ohio volunteers trim out Ms. Kathy's house.


Crew leader, Mary, presents Ms. Betty with a wall hanging.

Cathy House-Blessing

The house blessing at Ms. Cathy's house.

Project Reports

Weekly Report for West Liberty

January 26, 2013

Our volunteers this week came together from Manitoba, Iowa, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and while the fellowship and the friendships formed were warm, the only word to describe the working conditions was COLD! In spite of this, the...[more]

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Project statistics


West Liberty Mennonite Church

52 Fyffe Ct

West Liberty, KY 41472



Office (606) 743-1472  

Project Director (717) 823-0591







Project Directors: Peter and Lydia Schroeder

Project is closed.


Volunteers to Date: 271

Jobs Started: 11

Jobs Completed: 5


Information for Volunteers:

Welcome to West Liberty

Volunteer Guide

Photo and Multimedia Galleries