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Repairs underway after Sandy damages Intrepid

November 19, 2012 2:24:14 PM PST
For this storied war ship and its sea, air and space museum, which charts its course now, the battle is underway again.

With all hands on deck, the work is to repair, restore and reopen the "Fighting I" to the thousands of visitors it would normally see each day.

Matt Woods oversees the massive rebuilding of Intrepid's giant infrastructure, all of it damaged by Sandy's surge. Four feet of water poured through the welcome center and gift shop knocking out vital electrical and safety systems.

Other members of the staff are now working shoulder to shoulder in an improvised office keeping the business end of the museum running.

Up on flight deck, the Shuttle Enterprise, the newest exhibit is being repaired after its inflatable cover was torn apart and its tail section repaired.

At the height of the storm they were running on emergency power, but when that went out, 90 seconds later the dome collapsed and it was ripped apart by high winds.

Officials are hoping to open before the holiday tourist season kicks into high gear.

For more information about efforts to repair the Intrepid, please visit www.intrepidmuseum.org.

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