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Financial Institution Letters

Regulatory Relief
Guidance to Help Financial Institutions and to Facilitate Recovery in Storm- and Flood-affected Areas of Texas and Oklahoma
FIL-68-2007
August 14, 2007


Summary: In an update to FIL-61-2007, dated July 6, 2007, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has announced a series of steps intended to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and to facilitate recovery in additional areas of Texas and Oklahoma that are suffering from storms and flooding.

Highlights:

  • Severe storms, tornadoes and flooding have caused significant damage to areas of Texas and Oklahoma.
  • In Texas, 33 counties have now been declared federal disaster areas, with the addition of Guadalupe, Henderson, Nueces, Van Zandt, Walker and Zavala counties on August 7, 2007.
  • In Oklahoma, 17 counties have been declared federal disaster areas, with the addition of Logan, Payne, Pontotoc, Ottawa, Seminole and Washington counties on July 7, 2007.
  • The FDIC is encouraging banks to work constructively with borrowers who are experiencing difficulties beyond their control because of damage caused by the storms and floods.
  • Extending repayment terms, restructuring existing loans or easing terms for new loans, if done in a manner consistent with sound banking practices, can contribute to the health of the community and serve the long-term interests of the lending institution.
  • The FDIC will also consider regulatory relief from certain filing and publishing requirements for banks in the affected areas.

Distribution:
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
in Texas and Oklahoma

Suggested Routing:
Chief Executive Officer
Compliance Officer
Chief Lending Officer

Related Topics:
Lending
Investments
Publishing Requirements
Consumer Laws

Attachment:
Supervisory Practices Regarding Depository Institutions and Borrowers in Areas Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding in Oklahoma and Texas

Contact:
Acting Deputy Regional Director Cheryl A. Couch
(972) 761-2070 or ccouch@fdic.gov

Printable Format:
FIL-68-2007 - PDF 37k (PDF Help)

Note:
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Last Updated 8/14/2007 communications@fdic.gov