FEMA denies West, Texas, bid for more disaster aid: governor's office

AUSTIN, Texas Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:25pm EDT

Texas Governor Rick Perry answers questions from the media after taking an aerial tour over the fertilizer plant explosion site in West, Texas, April 19, 2013. REUTERS/Jaime R. Carrero

Texas Governor Rick Perry answers questions from the media after taking an aerial tour over the fertilizer plant explosion site in West, Texas, April 19, 2013.

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The federal government's disaster agency denied a request for disaster aid to replace infrastructure destroyed in West, Texas by a fertilizer plant explosion in April that killed 14 people, Texas Governor Rick Perry's office said on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama declared the area a disaster after the April 17 explosion, releasing funds for individuals and for cleanup of the site.

The application denied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was for additional funds to rebuild infrastructure.

In a letter to Perry from FEMA, the agency said that the state of Texas and local governments could provide the needed money. Perry said in statement he was "very disappointed."

(Reporting By Karen Brooks; Writing by Greg McCune and Bob Burgdorfer)

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Comments (3)
mixup wrote:
Perry turned down Medicaid expansion in Texas, so he should be embarrassed in seeking disaster aid (PerryCare).

Jun 12, 2013 2:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
map0557 wrote:
Isn’t this the same guy who wanted to sesede from the Union?? Also doesn’t want to provide a state health care exchange to benefit his citizens….I say go scratch!!

Jun 12, 2013 2:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZ1811 wrote:
If it had been a minority significant city it would be getting more than enough. What a bunch of hipocrits.

Jun 12, 2013 6:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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