El Reno and Canadian County have been added to a federal disaster declaration list.
City Manager Jeremy Frazier said he got the news Monday morning, while county officials said they were also notified on Monday.
The disaster declaration is related to flooding, tornadoes, severe storms and straight-line winds that have occurred since May 7.
A “Town Hall” meeting for El Reno residents that will focus on how FEMA may provide assistance will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 20, said Assistant City Manager Matt Sandidge.
The meeting will be at the Public Safety Center on SW 27th.
Sandidge said the meeting will be an opportunity to register for individual assistance with FEMA for those who were impacted by the recent storms.
The disaster declaration will make available federal assistance for housing repairs or temporary housing.
Also, the U.S. Small Business Administration will be able to offer low-interest loans for individuals and businesses to repair or replace damaged property, disaster unemployment assistance and grants for serious needs and necessary disaster expenses not met by other programs.
El Reno was hit by both flooding and the deadly May 25 tornado that claimed the lives of Tim and Bridget Solis.
The storm left dozens homeless and damaged several businesses.
The week before, the area was deluged by torrential rains that forced many from their homes.
Emergency shelters were set up after both the flooding and the tornado. The City established a GoFundMe account and handed out more than $50,000 to those impacted by the storms.
Mayor Matt White said more funds have been contributed and will be distributed.
Canadian County officials said they are continuing to evaluate the damage that has been done to roads and other infrastructure as a result of the recent flooding.
District 1 Commissioner Marc Hader said there are some roads within his district that remain under water.
“We have some roads that haven’t been above water in two to three weeks,” said Hader.
District 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart said recently he expects damage to roads in his district to total more than $500,000.