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Monday 21 April 2014

Ellis Island reopens after floods

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is reopening, a year after Superstorm Sandy raised water levels as high as 8ft at the former US immigration entry point.

The island that ushered millions of immigrants into the United States is again receiving visitors for the first time since Superstorm Sandy's surge gushed into New York Harbour.

The halls and buildings of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum will reopen to the public today, almost exactly a year after the storm that swamped boilers and electrical systems and left the 27.5-acre island without power for months.

But the National Park Service says much work still needs to be done. More than a million photographs and other artefacts remain in storage while buildings are fixed and upgraded.

Nearby Liberty Island was also flooded during Sandy. It reopened on July 4 but was recently closed again during the partial US government shutdown.

AP

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