The national landmark welcomes about 3.5 million visitors every year. It will reopen to tourists on Thursday, which is Independence Day.
Sandy made landfall one day after the statue’s 126th birthday. The storm flooded most of Liberty Island in New York Harbor. Lady Liberty herself was spared, but the surrounding grounds took a beating.
“We are delighted that Lady Liberty will once again be open to the public,” Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Superintendent David Luchsinger said in a statement in May. “We look forward to providing a safe and enjoyable experience to all of our visitors.”
Railings broke, docks and paving stones were torn up and buildings were flooded. The storm destroyed boilers, sewage pumps and electrical systems.
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