Kevon Williams (L) drinks water from an ice bag as Jason Miller (C) and Keon williams look on after they received supplies of water, ice and food from a Point of Distribution center on September 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Around 240,000 residents remain without power in Louisiana following Hurricane Isaac. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Museum of Art says it’s closed because water from soil saturated by Hurricane Isaac is seeping into the basement, administrative offices and other areas.

The Times-Picayune reports that a statement from the museum says it has maintained climate control in the building, but cannot open it to the public to maintain proper conditions during work to assess and fix the damage.

Museum representatives have said that no artworks were damaged by Isaac or the below-ground leaks. No reopening date has been issued.

Seepage into the basement of the century-old building was a major hurdle in its recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


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