State awards $4.8M to West recovery efforts

West explosion

Credit: Andy Bartee

A mushroom cloud rises from the West Fertilizer plant as seen frmo the popular Czech Stop along Interstate 35 in West, Texas on April 17, 2013.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM

WEST, Texas (AP) — State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explosion last year that killed 15.

The office of Gov. Rick Perry announced Wednesday that the funding comes at the request last week by West officials for additional state money.

It will be used for work on water treatment and storage facilities, infrastructure repairs and other needs.

The state now has given West about $8 million in total recovery aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this year gave $20 million to help rebuild two schools destroyed in the April 17, 2013, blast.

The explosion that was so intense it registered as a small earthquake and left a 93-foot crater.

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