Monday, January 02, 2006

 

Katrina-damaged Battleship Park set to reopen Jan. 9

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AP Alert - Alabama
December 29, 2005

MOBILE, Ala. - After being closed more than four months by major wind damage from Hurricane Katrina, Battleship Memorial Park reopens at 9 a.m. on Jan. 9.

The reopening also marks the 41st anniversary of the opening of Alabama's top tourist attraction, which draws 300,000 visitors in the best of years. Katrina cut attendance to about 180,000 this year, park spokeswoman Karen Conner said.

Katrina left the World War II museum ship USS Alabama listing toward the port side, but that was corrected to make it safe for public tours.

Work also has been completed to repair storm damage to the aircraft pavilion. Another attraction, the USS Drum, a 311-foot-long submarine, will also be open for tours.

Closed since Aug. 29, the park lost about $700,000 in revenue. Damage was about $4 million.

After insurance, the loss is expected to be about $1.5 million.


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