Liberty Island - home to the Statue of Liberty - and Ellis Island - where millions of immigrants once arrived in their quest to find a better life in America - have sustained water damage and there is no power on either island, said Mindi Rambo, a spokeswoman for the National Parks of New York Harbor.
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The good news: Lady Liberty appears to have made it through the storm unharmed.
"An initial assessment has indicated that the statue itself, from the base to the torch, is fine," Rambo
Until the assessment is done, we cannot determine when both islands will reopen," Rambo
Maintenance crews have a huge challenge in pumping water and clearing debris from the islands, according to information posted on the Statue of Liberty National Monument's Facebook page earlier this week.
The docks and grounds are in "bad shape," a source told NBC New York
Liberty Island and Ellis Island have occasionally been closed in the past because of severe weather, but the National Park Service
doesn't have data on how often that happens, so it's hard to gauge how rare such closures are, Rambo
"Right now, we need to take this one step at a time and our first step is to make sure that all the parks employees are safe and are OK going forward," she