Washington, D.C. –

The National Park Service, a unit of the Department of the Interior, has said that 69 parks are either closed or have limited access and restricted hours due to damage caused from Hurricane Sandy.

The hardest hit areas include New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia and the Park Service said they have deployed recovery teams to the parks to clean and make repairs.

Some of the notable damage include the newly reopened Statue of Liberty, which just reopened the day before Sandy hit after a year of renovations and upgrades. The main electrical system is out as well as mechanical and other equipment rendering the monument unusable.

Fire Island, Governors Island, Gateway National Recreation Area, Morristown National Historical Park, and Valley Forge National Historical Park are some of the other parks closed due to damage and loss of electrical power.

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