WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Park Service says engineers
sealed cracks in the Washington Monument from last week's
earthquake ahead of Hurricane Irene. But now they have found water
inside that may indicate more leaks.
Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson tells The Associated
Press there was standing water on stairwells toward the top of the
monument Monday when workers went back inside. Johnson says
engineers haven't found any new cracks but are searching for the
source of the leak.
The Park Service is awaiting another report from contract
engineers who are experts in earthquake damage.
Federal News Radio reports engineers have installed a fence around the base of the monument because of a few thin layers of falling debris. Still, Johnson says the monument is structurally sound and "not going anywhere."
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