Liberty Island to reopen Monday with Sandy scars and all

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LIBERTY ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11) – People came to Ellis Island for a new beginning, then last year Hurricane Sandy ripped it to shreds.

Ellis Island will reopen on Monday, but the National Park Service said it is still a work in progress.

It was the only path to freedom for millions of people from all over the world, then last year Ellis Island became a pathway of destruction.

“You’ll see a lot of signs of what’s not there, but coming back,” said John Warren of the National Park Service.

Right now, TV crews aren’t allowed on the island, and won’t be until Monday. We asked and the National Parks Service answered. John Warren met us across the water at Liberty State Park island to tell us what visitors will see and what they won’t see.

“You will be able to see the first floor the baggage area,” said Warren.

You’ll be able to go on the second floor which is the great hall where 12 million immigrants went through the immigration process,” added Warren.

During the hurricane, the water in New literally swept into Ellis Island.

“The storm surge went directly through the ferry building,” said Warren.

The park includes Ellis Island and Liberty Island. Since the Statue of Liberty has more visitors that’s where officials said they focused their work first.