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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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