With an evacuation of New Orleans underway in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, officials at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are making plans to relocate the court. Judges say they planned ahead for the storm. Days ago court staff started moving files to the second floor in anticipation of flooding, and on Saturday they were told to vacate the city. "We didn't want anyone to stay out of a sense of duty," says the chief judge. "The most important thing ... is people's lives. Everything else is secondary."
Katrina Shutters 5th Circuit Courthouse
September 1, 2005