No reopening ETA for Liberty Island; statue intact

Statue of Liberty survives storm intact, but island damage means no reopening estimate

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Statue of Liberty survived Superstorm Sandy intact. But the storm flooded Liberty Island's power and heating systems and damaged its buildings.

Superintendent David Luchsinger (LOO'-sihng-ur) says the National Park Service still does not know when the statue will reopen to the public or how much the island repairs will cost.

The statue itself did not flood and was not damaged.

Historical artifacts on neighboring Ellis Island were undamaged, as well. But that island's infrastructure was also crippled.

Luchsinger led reporters on a tour of Liberty Island on Friday.

The last stop was his own house. It's still boarded up after the storm blew out the windows and doors.

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