In late December, dozens of people drowned and thousands were evacuated from their homes in the flood-ravaged regions of Missouri and Illinois along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

How did the flood affect cooperatives in the St. Louis area? According to credit union executives, the incident was problematic for some, but not insurmountable.

While the waters didn't directly damage the headquarters of the $225 million Alliance Credit Union in flood-ravaged Fenton, Mo. or any of its other five branches, it did cause some travel problems for employees, according to Frank Evans, vice president of human resources.

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