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Pa. CU flood victims face difficulty for holidays
HARRISBURG, Pa. (12/27/11)--Flood victims of September's Tropical Storm Lee in West Pittston, Pa., have only just begun to recover, according to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation.

Most victims of September's Tropical Storm Lee in West Pittston, Pa., have not returned to their homes. Road and home repair work continue on Parke Street.
Most of the victims have not returned to their homes and are either living with relatives or have relocated to other areas during the holidays, said foundation Executive Director Joe Wambach and REAL Solutions Manager John Kebles after visiting West Pittston (Life is a Highway Dec. 22).

Of the 32 homes of credit union members and employees who received assistance from the foundation in September and October, one was occupied, and several condemned.

A two-square-mile-area was busy with cleanup, road repair renovation activity.

The only occupied home in a two-square-mile area celebrates the spirit of the season. (Photos provided by Pennsylvania Credit Union Association)
"We had expected to be able to interview victims of the flooding, but unfortunately the area was completely deserted," Wambach told the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association. "The devastation was disheartening, on the one hand, while recovery activities were encouraging on the other. However, we are pleased to report to our donors that the aid received by the victims from the foundation and other entities is showing positive results but we will need to be as patient as the victims in helping to rebuild their lives."

Association President/CEO Jim McCormack urged credit unions, individuals, vendors and friends of the movement to "contribute generously to the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation in 2012, as there are clearly many other victims of this disaster who have not yet received aid."

McCormack also promised members that association and foundation staff will continue to visit other areas of the flood zone to ensure donor funds are used responsibly to help credit union victims.
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