Flood waters damage contents of safe deposit boxes

HUDSON, Ohio (AP) - Some bank customers in this northeast Ohio town got a lesson on how safe -- or unsafe -- their safe deposit boxes are.
Flood waters that devastated parts of the area last month also poured into safe deposit boxes at a National City Bank branch.
Box holders found that important documents and treasured heirlooms got soaked -- items not insured by the bank.
It's a common misconception that banks insure the contents of safe deposit boxes, officials said. National City Bank spokeswoman Kelly Wagner said the box holder is responsible for insuring the contents.
"Unfortunately, safe deposit boxes really are designed to provide security against access," Wagner said. "We can't guarantee protection against the elements. The bank is not liable for any damage that results from an act of nature."
Hudson is 12 miles north of Akron.
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