Obama approves federal funding for West disaster efforts - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Obama approves federal funding for West disaster efforts

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Friday, President Obama declared the explosion in West, Texas a major disaster and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.

The April 7 tragedy was caused by an ammonium nitrate explosion at the West Fertilizer Company. It resulted in 15 deaths and dozens of damaged or destroyed buildings.

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

Governor Rick Perry released the following statement in response to the President's declaration:

"The approval of the state's appeal for a major disaster declaration is great and welcome news for the people of West. I appreciate everyone who joined me in standing with the people whose lives have been forever impacted to move this appeal forward, especially our congressional delegation," Gov. Perry said. "This, along with the disaster relief funding provided by the Texas Legislature, will help this community rebuild their infrastructure, school district and public works as quickly as possible."

The official White House statement says FEMA will specifically fund emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the explosion in McLennan County.

It also says federal funding is available for statewide hazard prevention.

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