RALEIGH, N.C. (10/7/15)--While much of the state is in what one credit union representative described as “disbelief,” South Carolina credit unions largely escaped heavy flooding damage in the wake of torrential rain last weekend, the Carolinas Credit Union League reported.
Many credit unions were closed Monday as Gov. Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency, but most had reopened Tuesday with the sun appearing for the first time in days. But while the rain had stopped, the recovery had just begun for many in the state.
“Understandably, we had quite a few credit unions closed yesterday in various areas of the state due to the declared state of emergency and broad-based closure of businesses--not as a direct result of flooded facilities,” Brandon Pugh, CCUL vice president of public relations and communications, told News Now.
“Most have reopened today, and while we do not have detailed reports from each, only one or two indicated any related facilities issues,” Pugh said. “None were presented as catastrophic, and their primary focus is on maintaining service for members in this especially difficult time.”
One credit union that remained closed is Carolina Collegiate FCU, Columbia. All branches of the credit union remained closed, according to the credit union’s website. Carolina Collegiate FCU’s headquarters is situated along a creek that overflowed and caused the surrounding area to lose power, Pugh said.
Other credit unions with branches closed in South Carolina, according to the league’s Facebook page, include:
Some credit unions have joined efforts to help those in need. Felicia Pope, vice president of marketing and business development at ArrowPointe FCU, Catawba, was organizing efforts to collect supplies for residents affected by the flooding.
“The mood in some places is just disbelief,” Pope said. “People have lost cars and homes. For those of us who have not been affected directly, our heart goes out to them. We want to let them know that as their friends and family we are here to help them.”