A disaster relief loan program offered by five banks in Pennsylvania and Maryland has attracted a torrent of interest from customers.

Keystone Financial Inc., a $5 billion-asset holding company based in Harrisburg, Pa., is allowing customers affected by last month's floods to skip their loan payments for three months. Keystone will also make unsecured direct installment loans available to flood victims at the prime rate, while secured loans would be available at a half-percent below that. Interest from skipped payments would then be added to the balance.

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