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.