NLC Statement on Wednesday’s Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, TX

National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ responds to yesterday's explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas:

"Our nation has seen tragedy and sadness this week. Today our hearts go out to the entire community of West, Texas who are facing the continued devastation caused by last night's explosion. On behalf of city leaders across the country, we offer our prayers as we grieve with the residents of West, the friends and family of the victims, and Mayor Tommy Mouska. We also send hope to the loved ones of those still missing, and gratitude to the first responders and rescuers. In the coming days and weeks we will continue to offer our support as the city begins to recover, and eventually rebuild."

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