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Flood damage from Hurricane Sandy closes CT River Museum

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Officials at the Connecticut River Museum were forced to close the facility, due to flood damage left by Hurricane Sandy.

According to officials, the flooring and carpeting on the first floor will need to be replaced and there was damage to sections of drywall and some electronics. Waves caused more than a foot of water to flood the first floor.

Cleanup and repair work will begin immediately, however, the museum will remain closed during renovations.

"While we are relieved that we did not lose anything that is irreplaceable or of historic value, the repair and restoration process will be a significant financial setback for us," said the museum's Executive Director Jerry Roberts. 

Before the storm, Schooner Mary E was moved to safe harbor at Deep River Marina for safe harbor. Also, staff members moved every item to the second floor, Roberts said.

"Insurance coverage is in place but we are looking at tens of thousands of dollars of damage that is not covered," he said. "We are now taking complete inventory of the storm's impact and looking for other sources of disaster relief funding."

A fire in August 2010 caused severe damage to the roof, exterior siding and docks. The museum also sustained interior water and smoke damage, however restoration was completed in 2011.

The annual Holiday Train Show is expected to be held, in a limited capacity, on Nov. 16.

According to the press release, Connecticut River Museum is a private, nonprofit organization "that houses the Museum's exhibit galleries, education center and gift shop" and is "dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural and natural heritage of the Connecticut River and its valley."

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