Nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters
covered the first floor of the courthouse in Chalmette and submerged many
records in the clerk's office, the parish is preparing for a monumental move
that will put nearly 100 staff members in a series of six vacant buildings in
the Village Square shopping center. Repairs to the 70-year-old courthouse were
coming anyway, but contractors
discovered elevated levels of mold in the building last year that prompted
parish government and FEMA officials to decide that the building should be
emptied for a thorough renovation.
Once the staff is moved out, contractors
will remediate the mold in the building and
then move forward with a complete overhaul of the courthouse's electrical and
plumbing systems. Since Katrina, there has been no hot running water in the
courthouse. There was no professional remediation after the flood, only a
cursory cleaning where some employees wiped down the walls and floors. From the
New Orleans Metro Crime and Courts News.