If you tried to withdraw some money with your Tri Counties ATM card this morning, there’s a good chance you were denied. Tri County’s ATMs, its online banking system and even its branches’ own computers were down for the count this morning — and still are, as of this writing.
But Rick Smith, the bank’s president, said that everything should be coming back shortly. The problem, Smith said, was a catastrophic power failure at the bank’s datacenter in Chico this morning. When he spoke to the Outpost a few minutes ago, Smith said that the power situation had been resolved and systems were slowly starting to come back online.
The person who answered the phone at Tri County’s downtown Eureka branch said that employees have been letting customers into the bank one at a time, and allowing them to withdraw up to $200 until the ability to access actual financial records is restored.