FEMA Reverses Decision and Approves Aid For West (TX)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says FEMA has issued a major disaster declaration for the city of West, reversing its earlier decision not to grant the farming community federal aid following the fertilizer blast that killed 15, reports WFAA 8.

The April 17 fertilizer plant blast there killed 15 people and injured more than 300. The explosion at the West Fertilizer Company left a crater 93 feet wide and 10 feet deep. The Insurance Council of Texas has estimated losses at more than $100 million, including $17 million worth of repairs on the city’s underground infrastructure.

FEMA had already vowed to give $2.8 million to help rebuild the schools damaged or destroyed in the explosion — the state had asked the federal government for $40 million in disaster aid for the wrecked campuses, which was denied.

On June 12, FEMA shot down the state’s request for federal dollars, saying, in a letter obtained by the Associated Press, that the explosion was “not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.” The federal government did, however, accept requests from 775 individual residents.

On July 9, Gov. Rick Perry formally appealed the decision.

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