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Ellis Island to re-open for first time since Sandy

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FILE - This March 26, 2007 file photo shows the ferry building on Ellis Island, N.J. (AP Photo)

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

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

But the National Park Service notes that much work still needs to be done. More than 1 million photographs and other artifacts remain in storage while buildings are fixed and upgraded.

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

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