Broward County

Sawgrass Mills mall finally reopens Saturday — although the rain is not over yet

Shoppers at Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise after it reopened on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The Mall had been closed for since Wednesday because of flooding.
Shoppers at Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise after it reopened on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The Mall had been closed for since Wednesday because of flooding.

After heavy rains flooded its parking lots and forced it to close for three days, Sawgrass Mills mall will reopen Saturday in time for weekend shopping, it confirmed.

The mall will resume normal operating hours from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., it said.

The Sunrise outlet mall, which has more than 350 stores occupying more than two million square feet of retail space, is a major tourist destination in Broward County. But it was forced to close down on Wednesday after torrential rain flooded its parking lots and transformed them into pools. Overnight workers had to wade out after their shifts Tuesday night and some cars sputtered out as they attempted to drive through the lots.

The mall remained closed through Friday as they waited for the waters in the exterior lots to subside. The area received 15 inches of rainfall — more than any other period since Hurricane Irene in 2005, mall spokeswoman Jennifer Valdes said. No stores or buildings were flooded.

Drone footage shows flooded Sawgrass Mills Mall parking lots on June 8, 2017.

But the mall’s reopening does not neccesarily mean sunny weather for its returning shoppers. The National Weather Service forecast high chances of showers and thunderstorms Saturday, though the stormy weather that has plagued the region all week is then expected to subside. Several areas in Broward and Miami-Dade counties received record-breaking rainfall throughout the week.

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