According to a list of credit unions affected by Hurricane Sandy, which theNCUA posted Friday on its website,118 credit unions in six states are not operational, closed or havea pending status.

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The list was developed with the assistance of examiners fromNCUA Regions I and II, who attempted to contact the credit unionsthey supervise to measure the impact of the natural disaster.

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“Our examiners along the East Coast are checking with theircredit unions to provide support and assistance; our consumerexperts are answering the many financial questions that members mayhave; and we're expediting consideration of credit union emergencygrant applications. NCUA will continue to do what's needed tohelp,” said NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz in a release.

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The vast majority of the nation's federally insured creditunions are fully operational, including some 2,000 credit unionslocated in Hurricane Sandy's path. However, the NCUA said, some areclosed, and others are operating partially with branch closures, intemporary facilities, or with only ATM services.

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The NCUA said those that have reported problems say they areexperiencing electrical outages, communication difficulties, andfacility damages.

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Overwhelmingly, the affected credit unions are located inNew Jersey – 86 out of 118. Other states with credit unionsstruggling to get back online include Maryland, New York,Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Large credit unions hit hard by the storm include the $2.3billion Affinity FCU of Basking Ridge, N.J., which reported 17branches and its headquarters were “not operational”, according tothe list. The $412 million Financial Resources FCU of Bridgewater,N.J., reported 13 branches closed and three with “status pending.”The $226 million First Atlantic FCU of Eatontown, N.J., which has acommunity charter, reported 12 locations were not operational.

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The NCUA also reported it has approved the first Sandy-relatedrequest for an emergency grant offered to low-income credit unionsto help them restore service to members.

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The request, from the $13.5 million New York UniversityFCU located in New York City, will be used to replace destroyedlaptop computers and help the credit union obtain secure internetaccess to it can restore service to its 3,137 members.

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The federal regulator also said it is experiencing an increasein call volume to its consumer hotline. Consumers have been callingthe NCUA to ask about the operational status of specific creditunion locations, outages of credit union ATMs, websites and phonesystems, and the status of direct deposits.

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