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West, TX declared major disaster area

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(KCEN) -- Governor Rick Perry announced Friday that the Major Disaster Declaration for West has been approved by FEMA.

This comes after the President declared Friday that a major disaster exists and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local efforts for West's recovery.

FEMA provided initial funding relief, but denied Texas' application for a major disaster declaration in June stating that the explosion did not warrant a major disaster declaration.

The White House announced that funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the explosion. It is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Governor Rick Perry released this statement:

"The approval of the state's appeal for a major disaster declaration is great and welcome news for the people of West. I appreciate everyone who joined me in standing with the people whose lives have been forever impacted to move this appeal forward, especially our congressional delegation," Gov. Perry said. "This, along with the disaster relief funding provided by the Texas Legislature will help this community rebuild their infrastructure, school district and public works as quickly as possible.

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