After the Storm at Ellis Island

ellis island with debris
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.

Although a projected reopening date has not been established, please keep visiting this web site where you can keep up to date about the status of Ellis Island.


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Last updated: January 7, 2013

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Ellis Island Receiving Center
Statue of Liberty National Monument

Jersey City, NJ 07305


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