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West, Texas Receives Federal Assistance

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WEST, Texas_The Texas town of West continues to work through the massive amounts of rubble and injuries after this week's blast, but Federal Assistance will hopefully soon ease the recovery efforts.

The death toll from that fertilizer plant explosion rose to 14 on Friday. Answering President Obama's Declaration of a State of Emergency, FEMA says Federal Disaster Assistance is now available to Texas.

The assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency supports state and local response efforts.

Residents have quite a bit of cleaning up to do. The explosion damaged not only the plant but nearby homes, too. The blast even registered as a 2-point-1-magnitude earthquake.

Some people in the small town of 2,800 are now staying with friends or in hotels after their homes were damaged or destroyed.


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