Barnum Museum in Bridgeport battens down - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Barnum Museum in Bridgeport battens down

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BRIDGEWATER, CT (WFSB) -

Workers for the Barnum Museum spent Thursday preparing for Hurricane Sandy.

One year ago, Hurricane Irene caused significant damage to the museum. Staff said they are ready for anything that comes from Hurricane Sandy.

"Parts of the structure, particularly the dome, were really affected by the force of the wind," said Adrienne Saint Pierre of Barnum Museum.

Plywood covered the windows in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene and on Thursday, they remained up with posters covering them.

Last year, workers installed joists and braces in the museum to secure the dome, which was damaged when a tornado hit Bridgeport 2010.

"Actually it's stabilizing the dome, so for us now we're in good shape that way," Saint Pierre said. "We're not worried that the dome is going to blow off." 

About a year ago, a snowstorm hit and workers spent six hours clearing about 80 tons of snow off the roof.

"We may have to board up these remaining windows again," Saint Pierre said. "We left boarding up on some of them but we may have to it as well."

Following the tornado two years ago, all the valuables in the museum were put into safe storage. Restoration has been going on ever since, even today.

"I think we're in better shape knowing what we face and having the lumber and materials to prepare," Saint Pierre said.

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