Months after Hurricane Sandy swamped her little island, the Statue of Liberty will welcome visitors again on Independence Day.
Sandy made landfall last October, flooding most of the 12 acres the statue stands upon with water that surged as high as eight feet. Lady Liberty herself was not damaged, but the surrounding grounds took a beating.
Railings broke, docks and paving stones were torn up and buildings were flooded. The storm destroyed boilers, sewage pumps and electrical systems.
Hundreds of National Park Service workers from as far away as California and Alaska spent weeks cleaning up mud and debris on the island in New York Harbor.
Some repairs to brick walkways and docks are still underway, but on Thursday visitors will once again arrive on ferryboats to tour the national landmark.
A gift from France, the statue was meant to symbolize the friendship between the two countries and their shared love of liberty. It was dedicated in 1886.