76,000 ATM's in 22 States affected by Houston flooding

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ATM Access Affected By Houston Floods

76,000 ATMs May Be Affected

HOUSTON, 8:22 a.m. CDT June 10, 2001 -- Banking officials say the weekend flooding in Southeast Texas may affect ATMs in 22 states, including Texas. Officials say about 76,000 ATMs may be affected. Access to ATMs in the PULSE network was disrupted when the primary and secondary power supplies were flooded in Houston, according to PULSE spokesman Julian Read. PULSE is a non-profit electronic funds transfer network.

Read says that about 300,000 point-of-sale transactions -- using an ATM at a cashier -- also may be affected.

Officials are trying to switch operations to a processing center in Dallas. PULSE anticipates the majority of the system to be operational sometime Monday. PULSE says that the system should be fully operational early in the week.


-- Rich Marsh (marshr@airmail.net), June 11, 2001

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