DES MOINES -- With industry contributions now topping $409,500for flood relief, Iowa credit unions Tuesday were still receivingmember requests for those emergency $500 grants being extended bythe Iowa Credit Union Foundation under its Disaster Relief programaided by the National Credit Union Foundation.

"I am a little surprised at the volume we received-over 300-andthat they are still coming in on a daily basis," said DyannLongseth, vice president of communications for the $1.4 billionVeridian CU of Waterloo, which itself made the largest singlecontribution of $100,000 to the foundation disaster fund.

There are still many members "in a digging out phase" with threeVeridian employees who lost their homes entirely or sufferedextensive damage, said Longseth who herself was displaced for ninedays out of her Waverly home on the flooded Cedar River and for atime was unable to come to work as floodwaters blocked roads. .

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