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Chelsea Piers Reopening After Superstorm Sandy Repairs

Chelsea Piers on Manhattan's West Side (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Chelsea Piers on Manhattan’s West Side (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River is back in business.

Storm surge from Superstorm Sandy flooded the 28-acre complex with about five feet of water, causing extensive damage to the electrical system.

“Our employees on their own came in and just wanted to help,” Chairman Roland Betts said of the rebuilding and restoration work. “The cleanup, which was totally disgusting, a lot of that was done by employees who otherwise would be gymnastics coaches or hockey coaches.”

Roland Betts with the shirt the staff will wear  when they reopen. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Roland Betts with the shirt the staff will wear when they reopen. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

After more than a month of repairs, all of the attractions at the waterfront facility, with the exception of the Golf Club, will reopen on Saturday.  The Golf Club will remain closed until Dec. 15.

“We’re not having any special celebration but our daily attendance here is around 15,000 people so we’ll be extremely busy tomorrow,” Betts said.

Extra precautions have been taken to prevent future flooding to the facility.

“Now we used different types of Sheetrock that is waterproof and mold-proof,” Betts said. “Wherever possible we are raising stuff off the ground level.”