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FEMA denies aid to Texas for West fertilizer plant explosion

Published On: Jun 12 2013 11:42:36 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2013 03:16:50 PM CDT
West, Texas explosion
HOUSTON (AP) -

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.

According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA says it reviewed the state's appeal to help West but decided the impact from the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration." FEMA has, however, provided emergency funds to individual residents.

West Mayor Tommy Muska said the money was needed to cover $57 million in damage, including $40 million to rebuild a destroyed school.

The letter is addressed to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and dated June 10.

FEMA didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.