FEMA approves aid for West fertilizer plant blast

FEMA approves aid for West fertilizer plant blast

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Dozens of people were missing and injured following a fertilizer plant explosion that leveled the small town of West, Texas on Wednesday night. Search and rescue efforts continued Thursday morning.

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by WILL WEISSERT / The Associated Press

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Posted on August 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 11:15 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has reversed its earlier decision and approved additional funding to help rebuild West, Texas, which was devastated by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

In a statement Friday, Perry said “the approval of the state’s appeal for a major disaster declaration is great and welcome news for the people of West.”

The West Fertilizer plant exploded in April, leveling homes, damaging schools and a nursing home and killing 15 people.

FEMA provided initial funding relief, but denied Texas’ application for a major disaster declaration in June.

It said then that the explosion “is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.”

Perry promised to ask again, and his statement thanks Texas’ congressional delegation for helping “move this appeal forward.”

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