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West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

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WEST (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Some repair experts have been helping residents of a Central Texas town devastated by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion rebuild.

Dozens of structures were damaged or destroyed in the April 17 blast in West, about 70 miles south of Fort Worth. The fiery explosion claimed 15 lives and left about 200 other people hurt.

The Heart of Texas Builders Association scheduled a meeting Thursday night to help residents understand and find resources for rebuilding. Structural engineers, builders, and lending institutions will be on site to answer any questions about starting the rebuilding process.

Early estimates have damage topping $100 million.

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The city of West also used its website to announce Saturday will be another community cleanup day. City officials are asking for donations of garden and leaf rakes. The equipment can be dropped off at the West Community Center.

Some truck drivers are also needed in the weekend cleanup effort.

CBS 11, TXA 21 and our CBS RADIO Dallas-Fort Worth stations: NewsRadio 1080 KRLD, 98.7 KLUV, 100.3 Jack FM, 103.7 Lite FM, 105.3 The Fan and Mega 107.5 FM are partnering with Albertson’s Market and The Dallas Cowboys to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts. Click here to find out more.

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