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EL RENO, Okla.–The areas surrounding El Reno were affected when last month’s storms rolled through the state but the community is unsure whether assistance will be made available.

Property owners are encouraged to contact FEMA Disaster Assistance or register with the Red Cross Center.

However, since Canadian County is not declared as a disaster area, FEMA assistance is not available yet.

The Red Cross Center is located at Jenks Simmons, but the donation center has since closed.

If you have or are in need of donations, contact the Bible Baptist Church or the Sheppard’s House in El Reno.

Many residents are left with downed tree limbs and are waiting for the city to come collect them.

All residents are encouraged to bring limbs to the curb and keep them separate from trash.

Authorities say the City of El Reno will be picking up the limbs but it is a slow process.

Officials ask that you do not call in addresses.

If you cannot wait for the city pickup, you are welcomed to drop off that tree debris at the southwest corner of Country Club and Foreman.

However, the drop off location will be closed Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and June 9.

Authorities ask that you not drop off limbs when a city employee is not present.

Another option is the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association’s quarterly bulk collection service, which runs from June 1 to June 14.

El Reno residents are allowed one free dump at the landfill during that time.

You must bring an ID and a copy of your water bill when dropping off items.

If you don’t have a way to transport the trash to the landfill, contact OEMA for more information.

Also, OEMA said you are always allowed to have up to 5 bags of trash next to your polycart each week for curbside pickup.

For more information, contact OEMA at (405) 262-0161.