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Volunteers needed to help Liberty State Park recover
LIBERTY STATE PARK (WABC) -- With the help of volunteers, storm-damaged Liberty State Park, with its views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, plans to partly reopen by Thanksgiving.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says the 9/11 Memorial, the Grove of Remembrance and some recreation areas in the state's most popular park will be open by Thursday.
Work continues on restoring access to the Interpretive Center, portions of the Hudson River Walkway within the park and the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal Building.
Volunteers are being recruited to help clean up the damage on Saturday.
The Terminal Building received major water damage as a result of Sandy's storm surge and still has no power or sanitation. Other damage and debris removal must also take place before the park can fully reopen.
Liberty State Park is asking for volunteers to help clean up on Saturday, November 17 at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers will remove litter from lawns and trees in the park left by Hurricane Sandy. To pre-register, please email Lspoffice@verizon.net. Please give your name, phone and number of volunteers.
The park welcomes more than 5 million visitors a year.
Impacted residents in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut can apply for federal assistance. Affected residents must register with FEMA by phone or online to access that aid. To register by phone, residents can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY line for people with speech or hearing disabilities is 1-800-462-7585. The line is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days per week. To register online, applications may be completed at DisasterAssistance.gov.
If residents have disaster assistance questions, they may call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362.
Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey ) or 973-504-6200.
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