DES MOINES, Iowa — Conditions were improving for Iowa creditunions Tuesday as the cleanup process begins with eight stillhaving closed branches and only one, Metco of Cedar Rapids, havingto relocate operations to another CU, according to the Iowasuperintendent of credit unions.

“As long as the sun stays out, we're in good shape,” saidRebecca Behrens, executive officer, noting that most of theclosings are due to power outages or the inability of personnel toget into areas blocked off by law enforcement.

Over the weekend the state regulator and the Iowa Credit UnionLeague were counting more than 20 closed facilities caused by theriver and reservoir flooding which took a huge toll in loss ofhomes and businesses, a factor to be weighed as CUs prepare specialloan deals for flood victims.

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