FEMA grants $20 million to rebuild schools destroyed in Texas blast

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The federal government has awarded $20 million in grants to rebuild two schools that were destroyed last year in the central Texas town of West by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, officials said on Monday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the money will be used by the West Independent School District, which has struggled for resources to rebuild from the April 17 blast that obliterated large parts of the town.

Superintendent Marty Crawford estimated two of the four campuses suffered as much as $53 million in damage from the explosion. The district's insurance company has paid out over $30 million so far.

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