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Statue of Liberty to reopen by 4th of July


Statue of Liberty to reopen for July 4 holiday
Statue of Liberty to reopen for July 4 holiday

Staff writers

March 20, 2013 — After sustaining damage from Hurricane Sandy, officials announce that the Statue of Liberty's 'wounds' will be repaired by the July 4 holiday.

Officials emphasize how important it is to the New York economy to have the statue open
Officials emphasize how important it is to the New York economy to have the statue open

The Statue of Liberty, closed since Hurricane Sandy in late October, will reopen July 4, federal officials announced Tuesday. 

While the elevated statue faced little damage from the storm, several docks, railings and other facilities on Liberty Island were completely wiped out.

Officials estimate that as much as three-fourths of Liberty Island was flooded, with water reaching two metres high.

“Lady Liberty was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, but just like New York, she’ll be back stronger than ever,” said U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. 

Close to $60 million was allocated for repairing Liberty Island and Ellis Island, but officials have yet to establish a reopening for Ellis Island.

Over 3.5 million people visited the Statue of Liberty in 2011, making it the 19th most visited national park. The city emphasized how important it is to the New York economy to have the statue open.

With files from CNN

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