The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

9/11 memorial reopens after superstorm Sandy flooding


NEW YORK (AFP) - The September 11 memorial in New York, hit by flooding during superstorm Sandy, has reopened.

Rising waters on Oct. 29 in southern Manhattan flooded the construction site of the September 11 museum next to the memorial, and an adjacent information centre.

The memorial covers more than three hectares planted with oak trees around two immense granite basins dug into the earth where the World Trade Centre once stood and rimmed with the names of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The site was inaugurated in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, which killed 2,753 people in New York.

The information centre reopened on Monday, and security screening resumed at the site, memorial president Mr Joe Daniels said in a statement. Internet reservations to visit the site also were working again.