VIDEO: Restoring a Long Island landmark

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Repairs began Monday on the foundation of the 158-year-old Fire Island Lighthouse, which Superstorm Sandy damaged five years ago.

David Griese of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society told CBS New York that floodwaters from Sandy washed through the lighthouse, undermining one of the corners at the base of the terrace.

Despite the erosion, managers say the lighthouse on the western end of Fire Island, a barrier island off the southern coast of Long Island, is safe and structurally sound.

The National Park Service is paying for the $1.2 million project; it is expected to be completed in June. Built in 1859, the lighthouse attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.

This video from CBS New York has more:

Fire Island is a popular vacation destination, and about 30,000 of those who visit the lighthouse climb the 182 spiral steps to the top every year.