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New England getting back to normal after blizzard
BOSTON and MERIDEN, Conn.  (2/12/13)--New England's credit unions were still digging out Monday from three feet of snow this weekend dropped by Winter Storm  Nemo, but services were up and running ahead of schedule in the Boston area. Connecticut credit unions likely will be open today.

No New England credit unions reported any closings to the Massachusetts Credit Union League, New Hampshire Credit Union League or the Association of Rhode Island Credit Unions as of Monday afternoon, said Rob Kimmett, league senior vice president, public relations and marketing at the Massachusetts league.

"A lot of people were doing hand-to-hand combat with the storm this weekend," Kimmett told News Now. "It does not seem to have affected credit unions, however."

Boston's Logan Airport received 24.9 inches of snow, but by Monday Boston's subway and bus systems were working and residents had dug their cars out from snowdrifts (USA Today Feb. 11). The newspaper said electric power was restored in most areas, commuter trains and Amtrak were running, and airports were open.

In Connecticut, it was another matter. Hamden, Conn., got 40 inches of snow, the most recorded, said the National Weather Service.  

The Credit Union League of Connecticut was closed Monday but expected to be open today and said it expected most credit unions will be open as well.

"The governor declared a state of emergency Saturday through Monday, ordering nonessential personnel to stay home," said Tony Emerson, president/CEO of the league. "A good number of credit unions were closed or had delayed openings [Monday]," he said.

"We had to work out of the office today," said Emerson told News Now Monday night.  "Meriden, where our offices are located, got about 37 inches of snow. The parking lot was not yet plowed as of this morning."

Connecticut had about two to three hours of freezing rain first thing Monday morning. "The highways were a mess, with the rain exacerbating everything," he said.  One credit union told him its driveway was cleared but staff couldn't get into the building because the snow plow had pushed the snow against the front door. "There's no where to put the snow," he said.


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