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FEMA Denies Aid To West, Texas

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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A Valley Mills Fire Department personnel walks among the remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

A Valley Mills Fire Department personnel walks among the remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) According to reports, The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to allocate funds to help rebuild West Texas.

The town was the site of a deadly fertilizer plant explosion that not only leveled numerous homes and a school, but killed 15 people earlier this year.

In a letter letter written by the organization, FEMA stated that after careful review of West, Texas’s request for funds for restoration efforts, the entity decided the impact from the explosion “is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.”

FEMA did, however, provide emergency funds to individual residents of West.

Further reports stated that the mayor of West, Tommy Muska stated that the money was needed to cover $57 million in damage, including $40 million to restore the school that was damaged by the blast.

FEMA or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978.

The organization’s primary purpose is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States which overwhelms and burdens the resources of local and state authorities.

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