Please speak up for emergency funding for the parks and communities hit hardest by Sandy.
In late October, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in the Northeast, killing more than 130 people, destroying entire communities, and causing billions of dollars of damage. And our national parks were not immune to the devastation.
In a matter of hours, some of our greatest national treasures, like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governor’s Island, and Sandy Hook at Gateway National Recreation Area, were extensively damaged. Although Congress just provided $9.7 billion in immediate flood insurance funding, the region has waited an unprecedented 73 days (and counting) for more comprehensive federal relief.
Next week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to take up an emergency funding bill on Superstorm Sandy. We need your help.
Take Action: Please tell your representative to support the Frelinghuysen amendment, which provides full and fair Superstorm Sandy relief, including $398 million for rebuilding our national parks, $360 million to better rebuild coastal habitat and infrastructure in national parks and wildlife refuges to better withstand storms and reduce future storm damage, and authorization of an interagency planning process to prevent future flood and storm damage to the region.
Thank you. Your efforts will help rebuild and reopen our national treasures that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
- City Room: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Closed After Storm Damage (cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty to Remain Closed Until 2013 (wnyc.org)
- Statue Of Liberty, Ellis Island Will Not Reopen To Visitors In 2012 (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Natn’l Parks Service Closing Staten Island Marina Devastated by Sandy (workingharbor.wordpress.com)
- Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will remain closed until 2013 due to Hurricane Sandy damage (irishcentral.com)
- Superstorm Sandy’s amazing parking lot: Tens of thousands of damaged cars fill N.Y. airport runway (news.nationalpost.com)
- Musco Lighting And National Park Foundation Join With The National Park Service To Relight The Statue Of Liberty In The Wake Of Hurricane Sandy Damage (prnewswire.com)
- Lady Liberty and Ellis Island remain closed in Sandy’s wake (cnn.com)
- Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will not reopen in 2012 due to Sandy damage – Yahoo! News (coralvillecourier.typepad.com)
- Statue of Liberty Closed Indefinitely (workingharbor.wordpress.com)