MERIDEN, Conn. – The CU League of Connecticut will not be open today, and not because Tony Emerson and staff did not want to try.

The league’s president said travel in many areas is impossible because there is no place to put all the snow from Winter Storm Nemo, which deposited as much as 40 inches on some areas of New England. “I can’t get out of where I live, and we could not get into the lot of the league, because front-end loaders have not come by yet to haul away some of this snow,” said Emerson. “It’s just a mess.”

While Emerson said the league has not received direct reports from many credit unions as yet, he suspects many CUs in Connecticut are closed, due either to demands by local authorities, impassable streets, and even snow stacked up in front of doorways.

“I spoke with one credit union branch manager who said he could not open his credit union because it is inaccessible,” said Emerson. “Plows came by and pushed a mountain of snow in front of his doors.”

Emerson said the road conditions should improve by tomorrow with rain expected today and temperatures climbing into the 40s. But with the rain comes additional concerns. “There is a lot of snow on roofs now – feet of snow. And when this rains arrives that snow is going to get awfully heavy, especially on flat roofs of businesses. There also could be refreezing tonight, which could down power lines and trees.”

Leagues in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine told CU Journal today that while it still may be a little early to make a call on the condition of credit unions in their states, they had not received any reports of credit unions experiencing major problems and that many roads were passable.


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