Guidance to Help Financial Institutions and Facilitate Recovery in Areas of Washington Affected by Flooding and Mudslides
January 12, 2022 / Source: FDIC
The FDIC has announced a series of steps intended to provide regulatory relief to financial institutions and facilitate recovery in areas of Washington affected by flooding and mudslides.
A copy of the Guidance can be found on the FDIC’s website.
Statement of Applicability: This Financial Institution Letter (FIL) applies to all FDIC-supervised financial institutions.
- Flooding and mudslides caused significant property damage in areas of Washington from November 13-15, 2021.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared a federal disaster for selected areas affected in Washington on January 5, 2021. FEMA may make additional designations after damage assessments are completed in the affected areas. A current list of designated areas is available at www.fema.gov.
- The FDIC is encouraging banks to work constructively with borrowers experiencing difficulties beyond their control because of damage caused by the severe weather.
- Banks that extend repayment terms, restructure existing loans, or ease terms for new loans in a manner consistent with sound banking practices can contribute to the health of the local community and serve the long-term interests of the lending institution.
- Banks may receive favorable Community Reinvestment Act consideration for community development loans, investments, and services in support of disaster recovery.
- The FDIC also will consider regulatory relief from certain filing and publishing requirements.