Just as Lady Liberty finally reopened her crown to the public after years of closure for renovation, the Statue of Liberty site has been battered after standing tall through Hurricane Sandy. And now the nor’easter sweeping through the coast threatens her anew.
When Hurricane Sandy hit on Oct. 29, the monument was closed to the public. The statue has been indefinitely closed along with neighboring Ellis Island National Monument, where millions of immigrants once entered the United States of America, the monument office wrote on the social media site.
Before and after pictures of Lady Liberty show bricks were ripped up from the walkway on the north side of Liberty Island, and an auxiliary ferry dock was torn apart. But despite the damage Superstorm Sandy inflicted across New Jersey and New York, the statue itself remained unharmed.
The statue's crown had reopened for only a day after a $30 million renovation before Hurricane Sandy shut down the monument, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"We can now report that the employees of the Statue of Liberty have all been accounted for, and the next step is surveying the damage and attempting to clean up the islands," a message posted on the monument’s Facebook page said Monday.
"Over the next few days, we will share images of the islands, but mostly we’ll be providing updates about the recovery process," the post continued. "For now, both Liberty and Ellis islands will remain closed until further notice, and we cannot speculate as to a potential reopening date."
But now, the nor’easter has brought icy winds and heavy snow that poses a threat to many structures in New York, including the Statue of Liberty.
The Facebook page has not been updated since the nor’easter began to ravage New York and New Jersey once more on Wednesday.