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FEMA Denies Aid To West, TX For Blast

 
FEMA Denies Aid To West, TX For Blast
Posted Wednesday, June 12th 2013 @ 11am  by The Associated Press

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.

In a letter, FEMA says it reviewed the state's appeal for the funds to help West. But the agency says the impact from the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration."

West Mayor Tommy Muska says the money is needed to cover $57 million in damage, including $40 million to rebuild a destroyed school. The West Fertilizer Co. blew up in April.

The letter is addressed to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and dated June 10.

FEMA did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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