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Still reeling from the pandemic, the last thing our credit union needed was another public health concern. Yet, as summer 2021 wound down, we faced a new challenge – one unrelated to COVID – when our branch in Flat Rock, Mich., was felled by another crisis that consumed the small town and made national news. A gasoline leak from Ford Motor Company’s Flat Rock assembly plant resulted in benzene, a known carcinogen present in gasoline, getting into the sewers and creating a noxious and dangerous vapor, threatening both residents and businesses.

Flat Rock is a small working-class town and Ford is the largest employer, and many of their employees are also our member/owners, so this issue was especially close to us – and we acted accordingly.

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