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West Community CU helps biz member through flood
ST. LOUIS (9/23/08)--A St. Louis-based credit union went to the aid of several local business members hit hard by storms from the remnants of Hurricane Ike. Storms from Ike swept through the area on Sunday, Sept. 14, says the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) (Missouri Difference Sept.19).
Flooding in Brentwood, Mo., after remnants of Hurricane Ike hit the St. Louis area. (Photo provided by the Missouri Credit Union Association)
West Community CU in O'Fallon stepped in to help members, including American Lock and Key in Brentwood. Six feet of flood water submerged everything inside the business' office building, including desks, computers and paper files, and the company's vans and trucks outside. West Community Business Representative Jeff Hinrichs volunteered his personal time to help business owners and staff clean up the mess that Sunday night, hauling boxes and doing anything else needed, said MCUA. "It was great to see that even in the face of adversity, our members had such a great attitude," said Hinrichs. "No one was feeling defeated or ready to give up." The $109 million asset credit union implemented several measures to address members' needs due to storm damage. It is expediting check reorders, helping provide copies of old statements, and processing loan requests quickly to replace lost equipment.


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