As Hurricane Katrina and growing floodwaters have turned the New Orleans business district into a legal ghost town, officials at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are making plans to relocate the court.

Several breaks in the levees that surround the city have caused water to rise around the marble walls of the John Minor Wisdom Courthouse, which houses the 5th Circuit. The city’s electricity is expected to be out for a month or more.

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