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CU has network outage in Vancouver tornado
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (1/14/08)--Only one credit union--iQ CU--was affected by the tornado that touched down in the Hazel Dell neighborhood of Vancouver Thursday, says the Washington Credit Union League. The league and the Washington Credit Union Foundation received updates Friday from two credit unions with facilities in the area--Columbia CU and iQ CU, David Bennett, league director of publications, told News Now Friday. "The funnel cloud passed directly over iQ CU's Operations Center," he said. "It didn't lose power, and there was no physical damage to any of its facilities." However, the credit union reported that "something zapped our network and we were down for a couple of hours," he said. "The operations at Columbia CU were unaffected, although some chaos in the area had the credit union on edge," Bennett said. "We should be thankful that there were no serious injuries," he told News Now, noting that people reported the tornado "came out of nowhere." He noted that a tornado in January "is extremely rare." Columbia CU has $771.7 million assets, and iQ CU has $374.2 million. It was not known whether employees or members' homes were directly affected by the rare twister.


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