Gov. Rick Perry today granted the City of West's request for an additional $4.8 million in disaster grant assistance for recovery efforts related to the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in April 2013. The grant will help West repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the blast and assist with other important projects in the affected area.
"Last year's tragedy touched the lives of every member of the West community, and touched the hearts of all Texans," Gov. Perry said. "As we focus on the path forward, these recovery funds will help the people of West rebuild their lives and invest in the future of their community."
"In reflecting on the year following this tragedy, I cannot help but feel pride in the incredible work of our local and state first responders, the continual leadership shown by Mayor Muska and his fellow city and county officials, and the resilience of the citizens of West," state Sen. Brian Birdwell said. "It is no surprise to see Texans pull together and rebuild like this."
"Our hearts continue to reach out to the community of West and those affected by last year's tragedy," state Rep. Kyle Kacal said. "We acknowledge with deep appreciation the tremendous response to the local rebuilding efforts and stand in solidarity as we continue to work towards the future of West."