HELLS KITCHEN — The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is slated to receive $10.3 million in federal funds for damage that Hurricane Sandy wrought on the military vessel, nearly three years ago, Congressman Jerrold Nadler said this week.
That's in addition to the $3.7 million that Federal Emergency Management Agency already gave the museum, according to Nadler's office.
The grant will go towards repairing the ship’s electrical and safety systems, and to defray the costs of a steel-framed pavilion that protects the space shuttle Enterprise on the ship’s deck.
The Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier that's docked at Pier 86, suffered tremendous damage during the historic 2012 hurricane.
Flooding submerged its main electrical transformers and two back up generators in six feet of water, its welcome center was destroyed in the flood and power failures caused the pavilion that housed the Enterprise space shuttle to deflate.
“This continues to be a long road for so many,” said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, the president of the Intrepid Museum. “We deeply appreciate the dedication of the federal government in assisting with the healing and repair of our region.”