As the flood waters continue receding, local officials are asking residents to lend helping hands for the clean-up phase of this disaster.

"You helped us with sandbags before the flood, help is needed now that the floodwaters are going down," Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management employees said.

The county has an operator on standby for those wishing to make donations, volunteer in the Flood Clean-Up Effort and also for those needing to request assistance. The operator can be reached at 501-358-4442.

Local officials said those with dry sandbags can use them to fill in low spots in their yards or return them.

Wet and dry sandbags must be handled differently.

"Sandbags which were not touched by flood water (dry sandbags) must be handled differently than sandbags touched by floodwater (wet sandbags), as the wet sandbags are considered hazardous waste," Faulkner County Sheriff's Office officials said.

The sandbag pick-up locations have now become drop-off zones.

Residents who do not want to keep the sandbags used to protect their homes are asked to take them back where they received them. Those who are unable to drop off the sandbags can leave them at the end of their driveways for other volunteers to pick up.

Officials said those who leave sandbags at the end of the driveways must keep the dry sandbags separated from the wet sandbags.

Regarding debris left by floodwaters, officials said to contact "a reliable company to repair your property and remove the debris" if you have flood insurance. For those who are cleaning debris on their own, officials said residents can place debris at the end of their driveway so that volunteers and other crews can pick them up.

"If you do the work yourself, place the debris on the right of way, but do so with patience and an understanding that it may be weeks before all the debris in the county are picked up," sheriff's officials said.