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Bad-news weather bears down on Kansas CUs
WICHITA, Kan. (2/5/14)--Credit unions throughout Kansas closed early Tuesday as much of the state was expected to receive up to 10 inches of snow; the snowstorm was expected to move quickly to the east across the midwest section of the country and then on into New England.

According to Reuters, the heavy, wet snow also forced the closing of many schools and state offices across the Kansas region. That report said that authorities advised people to stay home because of what the National Weather Service warned was "extremely difficult travel conditions."

Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency for the entire state. As of 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Salina reported 10 inches of snow, and Wichita had 5.3 inches.
 
As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, more than 20 credit unions had closed at least one of their offices:
  • Bell CU, Hutchinson;
  • Bell-Government CU, Dodge City;
  • Central Star CU, Wichita;
  • CommunityAmerica CU, Lenexa;
  • Credit Union of Emporia;
  • Educational CU, Topeka;
  • Emporia (Kan.) State FCU;
  • Envista CU, Topeka;
  • EquiShare CU, Wichita;
  • Frontier Community CU, Leanworth;
  • Hutchinson (Kan.) CU,
  • Hutchinson (Kan.) Government Employees CU;
  • Kansas State University FCU, Manhattan;
  • Mainstreet CU, Lenexa;
  • McPherson (Kan.) CO-OP CU;
  • Meritrust CU, Junction City, Lawrence branch;
  • Medical Community CU, Wichita;
  • New Century CU, Topeka;
  • Quest CU, Topeka;
  • Reliance CU, Kansas City;
  • River Cities Community CU, Atchison;
  • TECU CU, Wichita;
  • USPLK Employees FCU, Leavenworth;
  • Veterans Administration CU, Wichita; and
  • Wesley Medical CU, Wichita.
The Kansas Credit Union Association office also closed at 3 p.m. (CT), but is scheduled to be open during normal business hours today. 

The situation is similar to February 2013 when more than 20 Kansas credit unions closed as the state was hit with up to 18 inches of snow.
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