The Federal Emergency Management Agency will not provide emergency release to West, Texas following the devastating April fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The Associated Press reports that FEMA 'reviewed the state's appeal' but determined that the impact from the explosion is 'not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.'
Damage is estimated at in excess of $100 million and more than 100 homes were severely damaged or destroyed when the explosion occurred while firefighters were fighting a fire at the plant. The cause of the fire remains undetermined, ammonium nitrate stored in the plant caused the explosion.
FEMA says it will provide emergency funds to individual residents.
West Mayor Tommy Muska says the money would have been used to rebuilt %57 million in public property lost in the blast, including an elementary school.