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Ellis Island to reopen on Monday

Visitors to Ellis Island walk through the museum's

Visitors to Ellis Island walk through the museum's registry hall. (April 8, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Ellis Island will partially reopen to the public on Monday, a year after it was submerged by Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters.

The storm destroyed the island's electrical, communication, water and sewage systems, but otherwise left its historic buildings largely undamaged, the National Park Service said.

Repairs are ongoing, but from Monday morning visitors will be able to see its famous views of the downtown Manhattan skyline and tour parts of the immigration museum in the island's Beaux-Arts main building, including the Great Hall that was once crowded with newly arrived immigrants.

"There's a lot to be done," said John Warren, a spokesman for the National Park Service. "We're at a point where we're able to allow the public to come in and enjoy the buildings."

The bulk of the museum's collection of documents and historical artifacts is still in storage in Maryland while new climate-control systems can be installed in the building.

Although the storm had dipped below hurricane force by the time it slammed into the city on Oct. 29, 2012, it still had the power to devastate. Much of lower Manhattan was plunged into darkness for days, and the nation's largest subway system ground to a halt.

The late-season storm killed at least 159 people, damaged or destroyed more than 650,000 homes and caused some $37 billion in damage along the East Coast.

Liberty Island, a short ferry ride away, was also deluged and its infrastructure similarly damaged, although the Statue of Liberty itself, high on a pedestal above the storm surge, was undamaged.

Liberty Island reopened on July 4.

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