Texas town at center of blast shifts to recovery
Posted at: 04/20/2013 12:25 PM
By: Associated Press | WHEC.com
Efforts are shifting toward recovery in the Texas town of West, today.
Officials now have a firm body count from the explosion at a fertilizer plant Wednesday that devastated homes, schools and a nursing home within a four- to five-block radius. Fourteen people were killed and more than 200 injured.
Many of the 2,800 residents feel stuck, unable to direct their full energies to recovery while the investigation begins into what caused Wednesday's explosion at West Fertilizer Co. The displaced and those mourning the 14 dead are making do with what remained in their control.
Bill Killough paced the lobby of a local hotel Friday, planning how to make the most of whatever time authorities grant him to visit his house 2 ½ blocks from the site. The 76-year-old planned to use what little time authorities grant to grab guns and important documents.