Gov. Rick Perry has formally appealed FEMA's decision to deny a major disaster declaration for the city of West following April's fertilizer plant explosion. Without the declaration, the town cannot receive federal aid.
According to a letter obtained in June by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help West but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration." FEMA has, however, provided emergency funds to individual residents.
According to a press release, the governor’s appeal letter reiterates the state’s previous requests for crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance, disaster legal assistance, disaster case management and hazard mitigation support.
“The scope of damage caused by April’s explosion has devastated this small community, and further inaction by the Obama Administration to deny additional federal aid is simply unacceptable,” Gov. Perry said in a prepared statement. “On behalf of the people of West and McLennan County, I am appealing the president’s decision in order to get this community assistance they qualify for, deserve and need to get back on their feet and on the road to recovery.”
To view the governor’s appeal letter, head here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report