The storm struck in early May, but the impact on local roofers and the community has been long-lasting. In Lincoln, Neb., White Castle roofing, a locally owned firm, says the storm is responsible for a major spike in business.

"Our phones have been ringing off the hook," said owner Dane Hansen. "We've got about eight thousand phone calls since the storm and with only 11 sales guys we've been doing our best to get to everybody and we're just working through it.”

Hansen says the increased demand for roofing repairs and replacement also has meant a boost for the local economy. The company buys its materials from a local supplier, and because White Castle draws on a local labor pool the money stays in the community.

"All the money gets reinvested into the community because it actually goes to pay taxes, not around it and we invest a lot of it into charities as well,” Hansen said.

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