Feds give $20M for schools ruined in Texas blast - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Feds give $20M for schools ruined in Texas blast

Posted: Updated:
Photo by KRHD Photo by KRHD
By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, AP

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal agency will give about $20 million to a rural Central Texas town to help rebuild two schools destroyed in last year's deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

West Mayor Tommy Muska said Monday the Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to provide the West Independent School District with the money it needs to rebuild a high school and an intermediate school.

Muska says it will cost about $60 million to rebuild the two facilities. He says the school district's insurance company will pay for $45 million and the FEMA money will pay for the rest.

The schools were destroyed when the chemical fertilizer ammonium nitrate blew up during a fire in April at the West Fertilizer Co. Fifteen people were killed, and dozens of homes and buildings were destroyed.