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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News

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Posted on April 25, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 11:24 AM

WEST, Texas -- Thousands will gather Thursday for a memorial to honor victims killed in the West plant explosion.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. at Baylor University in Waco. President Barack Obama is expected to attend. Obama will speak at the service along with U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Governor Rick Perry.

In West, crews are still clearing the debris. While many families have been able to get back into the damage zone to see their homes, an area dubbed "zone three" remains barricaded. Approximately 60 to 70 families live in zone three. They are waiting to see what's left of their homes.

"It's going to be emotional. It affected me, my kids and my grandkids,” said zone three resident Vivian Green. “It was something you just didn't think would happen in a small town like this."

Thursday morning residents, including Green, can begin registering to return. Starting at 10 a.m. officials will begin sign-up at the West Library. They will check resident IDs and register their vehicles for clearance. Each person will then be escorted through the damage to their house once the all-clear comes.
 
The damage numbers are staggering. On Wednesday the Insurance Council of Texas estimated damage around $100 million. The crater left behind in the blast stretches out 93 feet wide and 10 feet deep. It reached nearby neighborhoods, destroying more than 140 homes.

We'll be live streaming the memorial on KVUE.com starting at 2 p.m.

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