NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The chief medical examiner’s office says the remains of World Trade Center victims will be kept at a forensic laboratory building because the previous location was damaged by superstorm Sandy.

The medical examiner’s office said Tuesday that the remains were moved as a precaution before the late October storm.

The old space, in the Memorial Park area at East 30th Street, then suffered damage.

Officials decided it also could be vulnerable in future storms.

The nearby NYU Langone Medical Center was forced to evacuate and lost some research materials from the flooding and ensuing power outage caused by Sandy.

The ME’s office will continue to keep the remains at the new state-of-the-art DNA Forensic Biology Laboratory Building at 26th Street.

The remains include both identified and unidentified victims.

Families who wish to see the new facility may contact the office of the medical examiner.

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