MILFORD, Conn. – Credit unions across New England are still digging out this morning, with small mountains of snow being built by plows in CU parking lots across the region following Winter Storm Nemo.

For many credit union members and residents in the New York City area the storm has only piled on more misery, as people continue to try to recover from Tropical Storm Sandy. Numerous credit unions and state associations across New England closed on Friday as the storm was approaching, which has since left up to three feet of snow in its wake and more than 600,000 people without power. At least nine deaths in an area Pennsylvania through Maine have been attributed to the winter storm.

As the storm was approaching credit unions in New England said they had adequate time to prepare for the pending problems. Rob Kimmett, SVP public relations and marketing for CU leagues in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, said Massachusetts league offices were closed on Friday, but that staff have been continually monitoring email and voicemail while working from home. While most CUs in the state were closed Saturday, Kimmett said the good news was that all had time to prepare.

“Although it has been a couple of years since we have had a huge snowstorm, anyone who has lived in New England for any length of time has seen a blizzard,” he said, adding that storms in 2010, 2005 and 2003 left more than 18 inches of snow.

Kimmett noted that power outages after the storm remain a significant concern, “and it’s impossible to predict that in advance. If the power outages are not too extensive, I imagine that most credit unions will be open for business as usual on Monday.”


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