After the Storm at Ellis Island
National Park Service
Ellis Island is currently closed following Hurricane Sandy. While there is little damage to the museum collection in the Immigration Building at Ellis Island, there is significant damage to the infrastructure. Doors and windows in the Ferry Building were severely damaged, as were exhibits in the building. There is significant damage to mechanical systems and the fire suppression system has been threatened. There was also standing water in the basement of the Immigration Building where the concessioners' supplies are stored.
An Incident Management Team gathered the data that will be used to determine the full extent of the damage, the costs to repair it, and how long it is likely to take. There is a major cleanup of the flooded areas underway, as well as repairs to the power and communications, and a project to ensure the safety of the Museum Collection.
Did You Know?
Annie Moore was the first immigrant processed at Ellis Island on January 1, 1892, after she arrived from Ireland on the SS Nevada. Charles Hendley of the Secretary of the Treasury's office inspected Annie, she was then given a $10 gold coin by Immigration Superintendent Colonel John Weber.