The May 24 tornadoes caused $200 million to $300 million in insured losses to private property, insurance officials report.
The total covers all areas of Oklahoma hit by tornadoes, including the six counties that President Barack Obama declared major disaster areas Monday. Those include parts of Logan, Canadian, Grady, Delaware, Kingfisher and McClain counties.
Keli Cain, spokeswoman for the state emergency management office, said state officials are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency this week on getting assistance for the state and local governments burdened with cleanup costs from the disaster.
FEMA will pay up to 75 percent of the cleanup of public areas like roads, bridges and parks, she said.
Piedmont City Manager Clark Williams said cleanup efforts by the city have been limited because there is no money in the budget for it.
“This is way beyond our scope, but we are doing the best we can,” Williams said.
In Guthrie, the city's cleanup efforts are winding down.
City Manager Matthew Mueller said the city has shut down its debris drop-off sites, but the city continues to offer assistance to residents with heavy property damage.
Mueller said he hopes to receive federal aid to repair some of the worst damage to city property, including the public works department and animal shelter.
Canadian County Commissioner Jack Stewart said his crews will spend the summer clearing tree debris, instead of repairing roads. He said they will haul off tree limbs stacked close to the road, but can't go onto private property.
El Reno Community Services Director Terry Floyd said most of the damage in his area is on private property. Debris west of the city was cleared by volunteers and charitable groups, he said.
Cleanup at Canton Lake is moving slowly, but officials there say the lake may be open again for boating before July 4. About 70 mobile homes and cabins used as vacation getaways in the campground were picked up by a tornado and tossed into the lake.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to obtain sonar equipment that can be used to locate debris for removal.
In the meantime, the area looks dismal, said Tom Adams, who lost several rental cabins in the storm. He said portions of the park remain closed, have no electricity and are scattered with wreckage.
“Anybody who has been through this knows cleanup doesn't happen overnight,” Adams said. “Still, it's been a slow, hurtful process.”
Businesses that rely on the summer traffic are suffering the worst.
Canton Foods owner Ron Chapdelaine said he makes his living for the year during the summer months when lake visitors double the area's population. He said if the lake isn't open for boating by the end of the month, he may have to lay off employees.