About $30 Million In Needs Could Go Unmet In West

The group that’s coordinating aid for victims of the West fertilizer plant explosion estimates that assistance for residents is falling short by about $30 million.

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WEST (October 4, 2013)—The West Long-Term Recovery Center, which is coordinating aid for residents of West affected by the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion, estimates assistance to individuals is falling short by $30 million.

The state and federal governments are providing funds to help rebuild roads, schools and meet other needs, but the recovery center said Thursday that aid is lacking for residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the deadly explosion.

The shortfall is attributable to damages not covered by insurance, donations or state and federal money.

The center says as many as 20 families could soon receive checks from $3.6 million in private donations, but the Dallas Morning News reports that fewer than 250 households were approved for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid out of more than 800 that applied.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday assistance to West now tops $16 million.

The total includes $9 million in Small Business Administration disaster loans, nearly $840,000 in FEMA individual assistance grants and more than $6.2 million in FEMA public assistance funding, the agency said.

“We continue to support our local and state partners as they assist survivors with rebuilding their communities and lives,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin L. Hannes.

FEMA says applicants who registered before the June 18 deadline and have since settled with their insurance companies should contact the agency to determine if additional assistance is available.

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