"We'll be there even after the cameras leave and after the attention turns elsewhere. ...Your country will remain ever ready to help you recover and rebuild and reclaim your community."
As what we've come to expect from Obama, those were "just words, just speeches." (WFAA)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild West, where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.But Hanoi John Kerry waived restrictions and sent $1.3 billion in military aid to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Shouldn't that go to Texas, instead of a brutal regime overseas?
According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help West but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration." FEMA has, however, provided emergency funds to individual residents.
"I’m very disappointed," said Mayor Tommy Muska. "I guess we’re third page news now. I’d like to know what their definition of a 'major disaster' really is."
Muska said the rural community of 2,800 people needed the money to repair roads, the damaged sewer system and a school. He said the estimated cost of those repairs is $57 million, including $40 million to rebuild a school that was destroyed when the West Fertilizer Co. blew up in April.
"We don't have the money to go out and borrow the money. We don't have the means to pay that note back," Muska said. "There's got to be some public assistance."
FEMA already has provided millions of dollars in aid to the town of West and its residents, but the decision prevents them from getting some of the widespread assistance typically available to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters.The decision likely means less money to pay for public repairs to roads, sewer lines, pipes and a school that was destroyed.