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Recovering From Hurricane Sandy
Ellis and Liberty islands struggle to recover after Hurricane Sandy.
The timing was uncanny: As it whipped up the East Coast last October, Hurricane Sandy closed Liberty Island to visitors one day after the Statue of Liberty’s newly renovated interior was reopened. Damage to its companion in New York Harbor, Ellis Island, closed that national landmark as well.
At press time, Liberty Island was undergoing repair and set to reopen July 4. “At least 70 percent of the island was inundated,” says Linda Friar, a spokesperson for the National Park Service, which manages Liberty and Ellis islands. Staff housing and the island’s shuttle dock were ruined. The Statue of Liberty itself wasn’t harmed, and archival material inside it had already been removed for the renovation.
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