Hawaiian credit unions are recovering this week after they withstood Hurricane Lane last week and over the weekend.
Lane deposited more rain than any other tropical storm or cyclone in Hawaii’s history, according to Weather.com. The downpour also ended up being the second-highest rain total in U.S. history by a tropical storm, dumping 52.02 inches on the islands. That’s second only to Hurricane Harvey’s 60.58 inches last year.
CU Hawaii sits on Hawaii Island, where rainfall was heaviest, and took on two feet of water in the basement of its main branch on Hinano Street, according to a Credit Union Journal article.
“We worked the whole weekend securing the water and cleaning up as best we could,” Marzo told CU Journal. “in the basement we house accounting, IT, our call center, HR and training and or internal auditors. We found spaces upstairs for most of those people, and sent our call center to the boardroom at the Kea’au branch nine miles away.”
But there was a silver lining for CU Hawaii. The affected branch managed to open for a half-day on Saturday and was open normal hours Monday. None of its seven other branches were harmed.