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Statue of Liberty to reopen by Independence Day

3 years 6 months 1 week ago March 19, 2013 Mar 19, 2013 Tuesday, March 19 2013 March 19, 2013 2:04 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK- The Statue of Liberty is scheduled to reopen by Independence Day, about eight months after it was closed because of Superstorm Sandy, that's according to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

The statue itself was spared damage from the late October storm, but Liberty Island, where the statue sits, was badly damaged.

Railings were broke, paving stones were torn up and buildings were flooded.

The storm also destroyed boilers, sewage pumps and electrical systems on the island.

Officials have estimated that as much as three-fourths of Liberty Island's 12 acres was flooded, with water reaching as high as 8 feet.

Sandy came one day after the Statue of Liberty's 126th birthday and the reopening of the crown after a yearlong, $30 million upgrade.

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