Governor Authorizes $4.8 Million More For West Recovery

On the eve of the first anniversary of the deadly and devastating fertilizer plant explosion in West, Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday authorized an additional $4.8 million in assistance for the town’s recovery efforts.

Gov. Rick Perry surveying the damage in West nine days after the explosion. (Texas Governor's Office photo)

WEST (April 16, 2014) Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday granted the City of West’s request for an additional $4.8 million in assistance for recovery efforts in the wake of the April 17, 2013 fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15, injured hundreds, and damaged or destroyed scores of homes and buildings.

The grant is intended to help West repair and replace infrastructure damaged in the explosion as well as with other projects, Perry’s office said.

The blast caused millions of dollars in damage to the city’s water and sewer systems.

"Last year's tragedy touched the lives of every member of the West community, and touched the hearts of all Texans," Perry said.

"As we focus on the path forward, these recovery funds will help the people of West rebuild their lives and invest in the future of their community."

The state now has given West about $8 million in total recovery aid.

Earlier this year the Federal Emergency Management Agency authorized $20 million to help rebuild two schools destroyed in the blast.

The community will mark the anniversary Thursday night with an hour-long observance at the West Fair and Rodeo Grounds.

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