Cathedral Repairs Underway

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 8:49am

Crews work to fix earthquake damage to Washington's National Cathedral.

Work is underway to repair the Washington National Cathedral.

A 500-foot crane removed debris from the around the cathedral's towers on Monday morning.

After the broken stone is cleared from the structure's upper surfaces, engineers said scaffolding would be erected to repair the cathedral's damaged spires.

The crew that will place the scaffolding came down from New York City, and is the same company that put up scaffolding around the Statue of Liberty during its recent renovations.

Engineers said repairs are still in the early, stabilization stage.

After the scaffolding goes up, repairs could take months or years to complete.

The August 23 earthquake that registered 5.8 shook the cathedral and its towers, causing damage to limestone exterior and some interior areas.

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