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100 West Residents Still Waiting To Enter Homes

Updated: Friday, April 26 2013, 11:55 AM CDT

The City of West began registering "Zone 3" residents for re-entry at the West Public Library, more than a week after the deadly explosion at the fertilizer plant.

Zones 1 and 2 suffered both minor and substantial damage from the explosion. Residents living in both zones were given the option to return to their homes last weekend. Zone 3, suffering the most damage, has been on lockdown to residents who live in the area since the explosion.

Many are anxious to see their homes and to start re-building.

"This is the first time in eight days that we were told that we would be able to go in to our homes," Zone 3 resident Brian Padgett said. "All we want is to go and see it."

The biggest concern many Zone 3 residents have revolves around knowing how just much damage their home sustained. The City of West posted a report at the West Public Library that highlights the damage at each residential address located in Zone 3.

Out of all the 157 homes in Zone 3, only 3 are suitable to live in. Seventy homes are unsafe to live in but residents can enter with a police escort to retrieve personal items.  The remaining 84 homes are so badly damaged that they can't be entered at all.

Zone 3 resident Lillian Hannes, 82, says she's hoping she can retrieve her valuables and lifelong memories soon.

"I'd like to get all of my photos, especially the ones of my husband and our wedding pictures," Hannes said.

The city has not announced when it will let Zone 3 residents back into their homes.

100 West Residents Still Waiting To Enter Homes


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