The April blast that killed 15 and flattened half of the town of West, Texas has been processing donations since the day after the deadly explosion and local residents affected by the tragedy will receive funds as early as next week.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had initially refused to provide funds aimed at rebuilding the town saying that FEMA funds are intended for natural disasters. Since the West explosion was the result of a chemical explosion, FEMA claimed it had no responsibility to fund the recovery.
The outpouring of private donations will give recovery efforts a much needed boost. As West, Texas looks ahead at the daunting task of moving on, at least some local families will face the task with donation dollars in hand.