About 130 workers in Wayne, Neb., don't know if they'll still be employed by the end of the year.
The City of Chadron has yet to reopen its largest city park.
And in central Nebraska, county roads remain washed out.
Communities across Nebraska have yet to recover from a powerful October weather system that included a blizzard, torrential rains and tornadoes.
Nebraskans received good news Tuesday: President Obama authorized federal disaster aid to help local governments and the state recover from the Oct. 2-6 storm. The Dakotas, too, are included in the declaration.
Federal aid is provided when natural disasters outstrip the local or state government's ability to respond. Nine Nebraska counties are covered by the declaration: Adams, Dawes, Dixon, Howard, Sheridan, Sherman, Sioux, Thurston and Wayne. More are awaiting approval.
Nancy Braden, finance director for Wayne, said the aid is needed to help the city recover from an EF4 tornado that caused more than $50 million in public and private losses to the city.
“There are a lot of losses. We have limited resources and this has been something we have to put back together in a very short period of time,” she said.
The city, she said, doesn't have enough money to get back on its feet.
Insurance will cover most of the damage to the local airport, for example, but the $1.5 million in airport damage that is uninsured dwarfs the $50,000 in annual property tax revenue used to run the airport.
The biggest missing piece in Wayne's recovery is beyond the reach of federal assistance: Whether Pacific Coast Feather will reopen the manufacturing plant destroyed by the tornado. About 130 jobs will be lost if the firm decides to locate elsewhere.
In Chadron, Public Works Director Milo Rust said the federal aid will allow the city's parks and public works departments to continue providing normal services. The city has stopped debris removal in parks because it ran out of money, he said.
About 18 inches of heavy snow fell on fully leafed trees, causing the canopy to come crashing down in Chadron and area towns. Chadron spent a full two weeks clearing streets and additional time hauling away debris, Rust said.
In central Nebraska, such heavy rains fell that bridges became submerged. Regional emergency director Alma Beland said one county bridge was covered by about 4 feet of water.
According to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, disaster aid will pay a portion of the cost of debris removal, emergency response, and road, bridge and building repairs.
Other infrastructure, including heavily damaged electrical systems, qualify for aid, too.