Utah Banks Help Evacuees Access Accounts

Utah Banks Help Evacuees Access Accounts

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah banks are helping hurricane evacuees access their money after many of them lost their A-T-M cards and identification while evacuating New Orleans.

Utah Bankers Association President Howard Headlee says Utah banks are pulling together new procedures to handle the evacuees who now need to cash Social Security checks, get money transferred and access remote accounts.

Headlee says the biggest obstacle now is that many of the banks controlling access to accounts are under water. However, he says it has been a little easier to get in touch with the banks to verify identity in the past few days.

Rob Brough of Zions Bank says the National Guard identification is good enough for evacuees to open an account at any Zions Bank in Utah. Although, Brough says getting money from remote accounts will take a couple extra calls.

Zions and Wells Fargo have also waived all A-T-M fees and fees for electronic wire transfers for evacuees.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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