Hundreds seek FEMA help since West plant blast

West explosion

Credit: Josh Stephen / WFAA

Only five of the 180 homes in the hardest-hit area of West, Texas were left liveable by the April 17, 2013 explosion that devastated the small Central Texas town north of Waco.

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Associated Press

Posted on June 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

WEST, Texas (AP) — Nearly 800 people have sought Federal Emergency Management Agency help since a deadly fertilizer plant explosion decimated a Central Texas town.

FEMA on Thursday said the agency, the state and the Small Business Administration have approved more than $6.5 million in grants and loans since the April 17 blast in West.

The fiery explosion claimed 15 lives and left about 200 people hurt. Officials say about 200 homes in West were damaged or destroyed.

The disaster-assistance money has gone to eligible individuals and families in McLennan County. FEMA also says the 764 applicants who've registered so far will be receiving follow-up phone calls to help identify any pending needs.

West is a town of about 2,800 located 70 miles south of Fort Worth.

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