The city of San Marcos is continuing its recovery efforts after a severe thunderstorm on May 9 caused large tree branches to fall onto people’s homes, lawns and vehicles.

What you need to know

Disaster response company Ceres Environmental will begin collecting brush, limbs and vegetative debris on May 20 at residential homes within the San Marcos city limits. This will allow residents “ample time” to prepare brush for pickup, according to a news release.

The city encourages residents to keep debris as intact as possible for easy pickup, as large items are easier for crews to handle. Residents should place all debris at the curb but should not bundle it.

The city is also requesting residents paint storm-damaged oak tree branches with spray paint to help minimize the spread of oak wilt, according to a news release.

What else?

Texans on Mission, Mission Able and The American Red Cross will also be available to assist residents. Those who need help moving debris to the curb are encouraged to contact Resource Recovery at 512-393-8407 or email [email protected], according to a news release.

The city of San Marcos also offers free tree-trimming equipment through its Home Equipment Lending Program and includes an electric saw, extension pole and extension cord. The kit also includes a hard hat with gloves and safety goggles, according to a news release.

Residents in need of the aforementioned equipment can reserve it at

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