OHIO VALLEY — The closure of many banks and ATMs due to power outages have caused several problems for area residents attempting to cash checks.
Several local banks were open for business on Tuesday, while other locations and ATMs remain closed.
Mark Groves, Chief Operating Officer of Farmers Bank, said on Tuesday morning that three of the five Farmers Bank locations were open for business.
The Pomeroy and Gallipolis branches both reopened as scheduled on Monday morning, while the Point Pleasant branch reopened on Tuesday morning.
The Mason and Tuppers Plains branches remained closed on Tuesday morning due to lack of power in the area. None of the five locations were open on Saturday due to the power outages.
The lobby of the Pomeroy brach was packed with customers on Tuesday as the demand for cash remains high.
Groves said that there is a high demand for cash at the present time due to several business being unable to take credit or debit cards.
Ohio Valley Bank’s area branches were all open for business on Tuesday with no issues according to Pomeroy Branch Manager Dan Short.
Peoples Bank in Pomeroy was also reporting no problems on Tuesday morning.
The American Red Cross recommends keeping extra cash handy when power outages are possible.
While area businesses may be open, the lack of power, phone or Internet may prevent the use of other forms of payment.