Ellis Island to Open Monday After Long Hurricane Sandy Clean-up
Visitors at Ellis Island, before Hurricane Sandy hit. Sue Waters / Flickr
The New York City area gets another tourism attraction back with the reopening of Ellis Island after Superstorm Sandy’s super wrath. The people who came through Ellis Island were long-haul travelers — and most of them stayed awhile.
It’s been about a year since Superstorm Sandy brought water levels as high as 8 feet to the iconic former U.S. immigration entry point.
The Oct. 29 storm destroyed boilers and electrical systems. Ellis Island was without power for months after the storm swamped parts of New York City.
Documents, photographs and other artifacts survived the storm. But more than 1 million items had to be moved to climate-controlled storage facilities.
The neighboring Statue of Liberty reopened on July 4, only to be briefly shuttered again during the federal government shutdown.
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