Gov. Rick Perry announced Friday the federal government has granted the state’s request for aid to help rebuild the town of West. The town’s fertilizer plant exploded in April, killing 15 people and damaging hundreds of buildings, including the town’s schools.

FEMA had initially denied the state’s request for $35 million to help rebuild the schools and other infrastructure. A spokesman with Gov. Perry’s office said Friday FEMA will “work with the community identify those public works projects that sustained damage in the blast.” It is not clear yet if FEMA will grant the full $35 million.

Gov. Perry issued this statement, following FEMA’s decision:

“The approval of the state’s appeal for a major disaster declaration is great and welcome news for the people of West. I appreciate everyone who joined me in standing with the people whose lives have been forever impacted to move this appeal forward, especially our congressional delegation. This, along with the disaster relief funding provided by the Texas Legislature, will help this community rebuild their infrastructure, school district and public works as quickly as possible.”