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FEMA says Texas has its own money to help West

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FEMA and the White House say Texas can use its own money to rebuild West.

FEMA told Governor Perry in a letter on June 10 that their request for a major disaster declaration was denied. That declaration would have given tens of millions of dollars to help rebuild the town of West.

According to a report on the Dallas Morning News, FEMA denied the request because officials say Texas couldn't justify why the state itself can't afford the millions of dollars. According to the report, FEMA will give $16.6 million for the previous emergency declaration. FEMA says Texas can take care of the rest.

The report also says Texas can tap into its rainy day fund that has billions of dollars, to give to the town.

West mayor Tommy Muska, who was outwardly frustrated with the denial earlier in the week, says he's still disappointed but happy FEMA gave a reason. He does still question the denial and wonders whether or not it was politically motivated.

"So you always have that in the back of your mind, is this because we're Texans? We have a republican governor, we have a democratic president, I don't know. I'd hope not. And West is just in the middle," Muska said.

Muska also says even without FEMA's help they will find a way to get the funds. It just may take a while to sift through several different grants.

"What they don't understand is the longer it takes the more opportunities people have to move out of town which kills the town," Muska said.

Muska says he still thinks Obama is a man of his word. Muska just wants to talk with him and describe what he needs and maybe Obama can pull some strings in Washington.

Governor Perry has 30 days from the denial to appeal the decision.

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