UPDATED: June 2, 2015 3:58 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The National Park Service says the Washington Monument is temporarily closed again after another power failure.
The agency announced Monday that the monument was closed Monday morning after the elevator lost power around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the park service, said in an email Monday afternoon that the monument will remain closed until at least Thursday. He says technicians are repairing a mechanical alignment issue with the elevator, which may have been caused by the repeated shutting down of the elevator last week.
Officials first reported no one was on board when it lost power, and rangers escorted one visitor from the observation level to the ground by the stairs. However, officials corrected that statement Tuesday.
63 visitors were at the observation level with all but one walked down the stairs by park staff, officials say. The remaining visitor was carried down using an evacuation stair chair
Two park employees were on the elevator at the time of the power failure, but officials say they were safely evacuation after approximately 30 minutes.
Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton said Tuesday she is concerned about the closing of the Washington Monument and plans to meet with NPS officials to discuss the elevator issues.
The monument was closed on Thursday and Friday morning after an electrical problem caused a power failure.
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