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State Awards $4.8M To Recovery Efforts In West

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

West Plant Explosion (credit: Getty Images)

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WEST (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — State officials say an additional $4.8 million in disaster assistance will be provided to the Central Texas community of West as it continues to rebuild from the devastating fertilizer plant explosion last year that killed 15.

The office of Governor Rick Perry announced Wednesday that the funding comes at the request last week by West officials for additional state money.

It will be used for work on water treatment and storage facilities, infrastructure repairs and other needs.

The state now has given West about $8 million in total recovery aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this year gave $20 million to help rebuild two schools destroyed in the blast.

The explosion that was so intense it registered as a small earthquake and left a 93-foot crater.

April 17 marks one year since the plant explosion took 15 lives, injured hundreds of others and caused  $100 million in damages.

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