Re-entry process for final displaced residents to begin Thursday in West

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on April 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 11:16 PM

WEST, Texas -- There was finally some good news for dozens of homeowners in West on Wednesday afternoon.

Town officials announced that starting Thursday at 10 a.m., the registration process to enter Zone 3, the area closest to the explosion and where homeowners still haven't been allowed back, would begin.

Families need to bring I.D.'s and also license plate numbers of the cars they wish to use for re-entry.

There was still no firm timetable given for when that would actually happen, although officials were hoping it could begin over the weekend.

"It's going to be very emotional," said Vivian Green.

The life-long West resident said some of her family has been back to their homes, but that she was told her's was destroyed.

The other reassuring news to emerge late Wednesday was that homeowners in Zones 1 and 2, who were allowed to enter their homes earlier this week, should have water restored on Friday.

Mayor Pro Tem Steve Vanek said that should impact about 200 families.

A boil warning remains in place until then.

Waco city employees will also be taking over for West city employees on Thursday so they can attend the joint memorial service Thursday afternoon.

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