A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is in effect into Wednesday due repeated rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect for our area until 7 AM Wednesday. Where there are more pauses in the rain, totals will be closer to 2 inches but some will receive at least 4 inches of rainfall total. Creeks and streams run high and areas with poor runoff could face flooding problems. Busy commute hours could face more slowdowns, with fog and standing water on roads as well.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The National Park Service says the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will not reopen to visitors this year.
Both sites have been closed since Superstorm Sandy hit the region Oct. 29. Cleanup and repairs have been ongoing.
The Statue of Liberty itself received little or no damage. The pedestal and base, including the main floor and exhibits upstairs, are OK. But docks, a brick promenade, railings and other facilities on Liberty Island were damaged.
At Ellis Island, the storm damaged doors, windows and exhibits in the ferry building among other sites.
Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun said Wednesday no projected reopening date has been established.
Both the statue and Ellis Island, which served as an entry point for immigrants for a half-century, are among New York's top tourist attractions.
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