ALAMEDA (CBS/AP) — Officials are racing to fix the deck of a retired U.S. aircraft carrier that now functions as a museum on San Francisco Bay.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that the U.S.S. Hornet’s 100,000-square-foot teak flight deck has sprung leaks. Officials say they need to fix the leaks before the arrival of what is expected to be heavy rain caused by El Niño.

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The foundation that owns the ship now docked in Alameda has hired a contractor to patch the deck, which has withstood thousands of aircraft landings. The Navy vessel served during World War II and was retired in 1970.

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Crews are working between storms to apply a coating to the deck that is expected to serve as a fix for the next couple of years.

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