The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is denying an appeal for funds to rebuild West, Texas, the site of the April 17 explosion at a fertilizer plant that killed 15 people and destroyed some 150 buildings, according to a report by The Associated Press.
In a letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), FEMA says the impact from the explosion “is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.”
At a funeral service for the first responders who died responding to the fire that eventually caused the explosion, President Obama pledged the support of the federal government would continue “even after the cameras leave.”
“To the families and neighbors grappling with unbearable loss — you are not alone. You are not forgotten,” Obama said.
“I’m very disappointed,” said Mayor Tommy Muska. “I guess we’re third page news now. I’d like to know what their definition of a ‘major disaster’ really is.”