Some Large Artifacts at 9/11 Museum Exposed to Sandy Flood Waters

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The September 11th Museum says some of the large artifacts already placed in its subterranean, uncompleted facility at the World Trade Center have been exposed to flood waters.

The museum reports the majority of the collection was safe in an off-site location when some 16 million gallons of water from the Hudson River inundated the site during the height of Sandy and reached a depth of 7 feet. The Port Authority has successfully pumped out the water.   

9/11 Museum Director Alice Greenwald said items including FDNY vehicles and structural steel are stored in the area, but that the damage isn’t irreparable. Overall, she said the picture looks “very good.”

“We know that we have to dehumidify, we know that we have to do immediate washing…controlled power washing to remove the grime that’s on the wheels of the vehicles, for example,” she said.

Greenwald said two artifacts still need to be assessed, including a concrete slab from the original World Trade Center garage that was stained with soot from the 2001 attacks.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [1]

Michael Burke

For years I and other 9/11 families told Ground Zero officials to put the museum plaza level. They refused in order to ensure that there was nothing on the site to remind visitors of the attacks. So they built 70 ft below sea level steps from the Hudson River and New York Harbor. They were intent on building on the site the "International Freedom Center" which would have examined, in response to the attacks, America's and the West's guilt. The underground museum added about $800 million to the cost of rebuilding - if you are wondering why your tolls have gone up astronomically.

Nov. 09 2012 02:53 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by