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Missouri tornado levee break damage CUs
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (4/26/11)--Two credit unions in Missouri were directly affected by Friday's massive 166-mph tornado in St. Louis County, while others had near-misses. And on Monday, a levee break in the southeastern part of the state left one credit union with water in its basement, reported the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA). April has already seen a record number of tornadoes--292 confirmed so far, passing the previous record of 267 during the month in 1974. The number of twisters is almost twice the average 163 for April (USA Today April 25). May is usually a worse month for tornados, said The Weather Channel. More than 2,000 homes and the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport were damaged in the county by Friday's Class 4 tornado, which means it had winds of between 166 mph and 200 mph. The worse damages were in Maryland Heights, Bridgeton, St. Ann, Edmundson, Berkeley and Ferguson, as well as in Madison County near Granite City, said the National Underwriters Online News Service (April 25). At the airport, the office of American Airlines FCU Branch Manager Lindsay Beasley was damaged, although the actual credit union was not. Beasley's office is located over the C Concourse, said Amy McLard, MCUA vice president of public and legislative affairs. McLard said MCUA received reports from field representatives about the damages, which included upended furniture and broken windows. Another credit union with a branch across from the airport, Community America CU, reported no damage. It was closed on Saturday because the airport was shut down but reopened Monday, said MCUA. Vantage CU, whose headquarters is in hard-hit Bridgeton, reported "minimal" damage. It was closed on Monday because it had no electricity and was surrounded by debris, its website said. "Vantage is in the midst of the all the damage. It's amazing it had only minimal damage," McLard told News Now. She noted the league office is about 10 minutes from the tornado's path. "We're fine," she said. Another Missouri credit union was damaged by flooding when a levee in Southeast Missouri broke Monday, McLard said. Cape Regional CU, based in Cape Girardeau, reported water in its basement, according to MCUA. It is too soon to tell how many credit union members and employees are affected. Once that is known, Missouri's credit unions will rally to raise funds and determine how to best address their communities', McLard said.
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