The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has moved its operations temporarily to Houston. It re-opened September 21, 2005, for the most urgent business but has suspended operations effective September 23, 2005.
The Eastern District of Louisiana is closed, but is receiving filings. Current plans are to divide the court operations among Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Houma, Louisiana. The court has suspended operations effective September 23, 2005.
The Middle District of Louisiana has suspended operations effective September 23, 2005.
The Southern District of Mississippi is operational in Jackson and Hattiesburg.
The Southern District of Texas has suspended operations effective September 23, 2005, in Houston and Galveston.
The United States Post Office is continuing to hold mail distribution for those areas that are still undeliverable. The Postal Service acknowledges that there are massive amounts of mail being held at locations outside the affected area and that they will resume their deliveries to those areas as quickly as humanly possible. Anyone from the affected areas that has put in a change of address request is getting mail forwarded.
The USPS is working with publishers of periodicals and standard mail mailers to make sure mail is processed and forwarded to persons who have a change of address form in the USPS system. The Postal Service has informed us that all updates are listed daily on www.ribbs.usps.gov and/or www.usps.com. There is also a map on this web site to show zip codes that are still affected and have no delivery.
U.S. Mail (Rita): The Postal Service has started to suspend mail service to numerous zip code areas in Texas. The affected areas are also listed on the Postal Service website www.usps.com.