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Floods in Iowa destroyed all of the ATMs in the parts of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, says a spokesperson for ATM manufacturer Diebold Inc., which has a large number of bank clients in the two cities. "Once the personal computer that drives the ATM gets wet, the ATM has to be replaced," Mike Jacobsen, a Diebold spokesperson, tells ATM&Debit News, a CardLine sister publication. Jacobsen could not say how many ATMs were damaged, and it was unclear how deployers will handle the soggy bank notes locked inside their ATM safes. ATM safes are not airtight because their electronic circuitry needs ventilation to prevent it from becoming too hot. Meanwhile, Diebold says it has dispatched teams to towns in Illinois and Iowa along the Mississippi River, which has overflowed its banks in some areas.  

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