Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island to remain closed through 2012 - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Superstorm Sandy

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island to remain closed through 2012

Posted: Updated:
Photo by NPS/Rannow Photo by NPS/Rannow
Damage on Liberty Island after Hurricane Sandy (photo by National Park Service) Damage on Liberty Island after Hurricane Sandy (photo by National Park Service)
Debris and damage on Ellis Island (photo by National Park Service) Debris and damage on Ellis Island (photo by National Park Service)
MYFOXNY.COM -

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will remain closed through at least the rest of the year, the National Park Service announced Wednesday.

Facilities and infrastructure on both islands, which together make up the Statue of Liberty National Monument, suffered damage in Superstorm Sandy's historic storm surge.

The Statue of Liberty itself, the pedestal, and the base were unharmed, but the storm chewed up a brick walkway, railings, and docks on Liberty Island.

On Ellis Island, the storm damaged exhibits, displaced some fuel oil tanks, beached a U.S. Park Police boat, damaged and uprooted a police trailer, flooded machinery in the basements of the historic hospital and administration buildings, and littered the area with debris.

Crews are cleaning up debris on both islands and have started repair work, the National Park Service said.

A Park Service spokeswoman said no reopening date had been set and won't be announced until at least Jan. 15, 2013.

The service created a Facebook page called NPS Hurricane Sandy Response, which chronicles the damage assessment and recovery to the numerous National Park Service facilities affected by the storm. Parts of the Fire Island National Seashore and the Gateway National Recreation Area suffered significant and some devastating damage in the historic storm.

The closure of the island has resulted in the loss of jobs.  Hundreds of employees of the ferry company that serves the islands, the concessionaire, and other related companies have been laid off.

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Woman gets 20-year prison term for fatal stabbing

    Woman gets 20-year prison term for fatal stabbing

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:32:05 GMT
    A southern New Jersey woman who fatally stabbed a man last year during an argument in his home has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
    A southern New Jersey woman who fatally stabbed a man last year during an argument in his home has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
  • Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:31:59 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
  • Maryland casino to interview workers from closing Atlantic City casinos

    Md. casino eyes workers from closing Atlantic City casinos

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:32:23 GMT
    AP photoAP photo
    A Maryland casino is looking to hire some of the soon-to-be-jobless Atlantic City casino workers. Maryland Live! is holding job fairs next week at the Sheraton hotel across from the Atlantic City Convention Center. The Hanover, Maryland casino held a similar recruitment effort in January when The Atlantic Club shut down.
    A Maryland casino is looking to hire some of the soon-to-be-jobless Atlantic City casino workers. Maryland Live! is holding job fairs next week at the Sheraton hotel across from the Atlantic City Convention Center. The Hanover, Maryland casino held a similar recruitment effort in January when The Atlantic Club shut down.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices