It took a lot of effort for Lynchburg to recover from the June 29 wind storm.
City workers put in long hours, doing everything from manning emergency shelters to cleaning up downed trees.
"I'm amazed, three weeks later, to see how well we've done to recover," said Lynchburg city manager, Kimball Payne.
Payne is pleased with the progress, but bracing for the storm's inevitable cost. Estimates show Lynchburg spent about a million dollars on recovery efforts.
"A million dollars is a lot of money," Payne said.
Especially when you consider the city wasn't planning to spend that money.
Lynchburg's $166-million dollar budget doesn't include funding for storm damage. Federal aid could offset the expected loss.
Governor Bob McDonnell has formally requested federal disaster aid to help pay for the costs of last month's wind storm and power outages.
The money, if approved, would help reimburse local governments and the state. One of the biggest expenses it would cover is the overtime bill for Lynchburg city workers.
"We spent an awful lot on overtime, and hired contractors to remove the storm debris," said Payne. "That's probably our largest expense related to this entire event."
Payne said the money could also be used to improve the way the city communicates with residents during future storms.
"I think we did ok (during this storm), but I think there's room for improvement," Payne said.
If the federal money comes through, it won't be used to help individuals or private business owners like Trinna Johnson. Her hair salon on Campbell Avenue is condemned, and she's having to work from a temporary location.
"I have to buy products all over again," said Johnson. "Distributors have to find us. The mail has to be delivered to a different location."
Johnson has had to spend hundreds of dollars out of her own pocket, but she's just happy the storm didn't put her completely out of business.
The city may have to spend some of its own money, too. Even if the federal relief comes through, it may only cover up to 75% of what was lost.