The Nashville legal community struggled Tuesday to cope with flooding that shut down utilities and closed key arteries following disastrous rainstorms over the weekend.

Offices near the Cumberland River and others located on a power grid cut off by the floods were still closed Tuesday, after the river burst its banks and drowned much of the downtown area in sewage-tainted water. State courts, schools and other government offices were closed, and it remained unclear when they would reopen. The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee was open.

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