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West Streets Still Not Repaired, A Year After Explosion

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WEST (CBS 11 NEWS) - The long road to recovery for the city of West is proving to still be full of bumps and cracks.

Fifteen months ago a deadly fertilizer plant explosion heavily damaged the north end of the city.

But while most of the damaged homes have been torn-down and many rebuilt in the past year, no work has been done on the streets.

“There are days when you want to throw your hands up and say what’s going on,” said  resident John Pescaia.

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(credit: CBS 11 News)

West Mayor Tommy Muska said the only thing preventing the city from starting on an $8-million project to repairs roads and pipes on the city’s north end is FEMA’s approval.

“This should have been done back in March,” he said. “We should be well under construction of these streets by now.”

But FEMA officials says since the city added improvements to the overall plan back in May, the approval process had to start over.

Funding for the project is coming from local, state, and federal funds.

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(credit: CBS 11 News)

On Tuesday officials with the federal agency said the process is “almost” complete.

“We’ve learned to be patient,” said Pescaia.

Neighbors in West said that’s the only route to take.

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