Information Communique from the State Hermitage Museum about checking the temporary covering of the roof following the storm
On 4 February 2008, the press office of the museum has released a communique:
The State Hermitage Museum announces:
On 3 February at approximately 4 p.m. as a result of a gust of 22 metres a second, part of the temporary covering used for the restoration of the roof of the Old (Grand) Hermitage building was damaged, with some elements from the roofing (boards and polythene) being blown onto Palace Embankment, Winter Canal and the Hermitage Courtyard.
The total area of damage is approximately 80 square metres.
The structure of the building, the territory and the exhibitions of the State Hermitage Museum were not damaged.
By 9 p.m. of the same day the external perimeter will be in order and any rubbish will be removed.