WEST, Texas — All residents of West, Texas are now permitted to return to their homes following the April 17 explosion at a fertilizer company.
People in Zone 3 — the hardest-hit area closest to the epicenter — finally got to see what was left of an estimated 180 homes this weekend.
There is massive devastation on every block near the explosion site. Roofs are collapsed; windows are blown out; cars are scorched or damaged; and some homes simply burned to the ground.
Residents are only being permitted to collect valuables before they must leave.
Only five of the homes in Zone 3 are actually liveable.
More funerals are expected this week for some of the 15 victims, and there was another town hall meeting Sunday afternoon to update residents on the clean-up progress and how to deal with the insurance bureaucracy.
But there is no doubt about one thing: No one is going to be living in Zone 3 for months to come.