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State awards $4.8M to West recovery efforts

WEST, Texas (AP) — State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explosion last year that killed 15.

The office of Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday that the funding comes at the request last week by West officials for additional state money.

It will be used for work on water treatment and storage facilities, infrastructure repairs and other needs.

The state now has given West about $8 million in total recovery aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this year gave $20 million to help rebuild two schools destroyed in the April 17, 2013, blast.

The explosion that was so intense it registered as a small earthquake and left a 93-foot crater.

 

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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