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Hurricane Sandy did no real harm to the Statue of Liberty but caused “significant damage” to the infrastructure of Liberty Island and Ellis Island, which will leave them closed to tourists indefinitely, a spokesman for the National Park Service said on Thursday. Most notably, the dock at Liberty Island that. However, when Hurricane Sandy hit, Liberty Island was in the direct path of a massive storm surge. Nearby in Battery Luckily, the Statue of Liberty itself did not receive any damage. The passenger and auxiliary docks were severely damaged and brick pathways have been uprooted around the Island.
First it was the sharp smack delivered by Hurricane Sandy. Then the financial sucker punch of the fiscal cliff, and now, the budget cuts of the sequester. With nearly $59 million worth of damage caused by the storm and no date set for the reopening, the Statue of Liberty, New York harbor's iconic greeter. Hurricane Sandy, while it didn't hurt Lady Liberty, caused significant damage on Liberty Island. Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger. She has kept a lonely vigil over New York Harbor with no visitors except for a few workers since Hurricane Sandy. But last week, federal officials announced the Statue of Liberty.