Texas town where plant blew starts long recovery
By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press April 23, 2013 5:22PM
WEST, Texas (AP) — From money, food and clothing to new appliances and crews armed with chain saws, help is pouring into the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant exploded.
As the donations come in, how long and how much it will take for West to come back aren’t yet known.
Residents have just started burying the 14 people who died in last week’s blast. Some don’t yet know what happened to their homes. They’re struggling to replace missing medications and documents.
Others are just starting to work with insurance companies to figure out how much money they’ll get for repairs.
The explosion last Wednesday at West Fertilizer left a crater more than 90 feet wide and blasted the walls and windows off dozens of buildings in the town of 2,700.