A trackhoe sits in Larry Kaska’s driveway, poised to demolish the three-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot house he bought in 1978.
His family has already salvaged important papers, jewelry and other personal items from the home. Now Kaska is on his last rescue mission: to free a red wooden toy box wedged into a small closet. He pushes and pulls and twists the long box until he liberates it from its confines.
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Recovery in West
Houses destroyed: 160-175
Number of people who registered for FEMA help: 775
Federal aid so far: $7 million
Insured losses: $100 million
Unreimbursed losses: $34.55 million
Sources: City of West, Insurance Council of Texas, FEMA, governor’s office