Flooding near Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise
Severe flooding in West Broward shut down the gigantic Sawgrass Mills mall Wednesday.
The Sunrise outlet mall’s sprawling lots began to flood Tuesday evening. Parking lot sections with deep water were roped off with yellow tape.
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“Nobody can see anything, even the security guard,” customer Michael Reidout told CBS4 Tuesday.
One car ended up stuck in a drainage pond surrounded by flooding.
The mall, 12801 Sunrise Blvd., plans to reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday. Call 954-846-2350 for updates.
At the mouth of the mall entrance stood Xuanwu Jin, a tourist from Shanghai, who was trying to return some clothing.
Jin, 34, leaves for China Thursday, and was hoping to make one last stop to return the shoes and coat he bought before he departs.
“I guess I can try to sell it when I'm back in China,” he said. “It's my last chance today.”
Sunrise, Weston and Davie got hit hard by heavy rain and flooding Tuesday and early Wednesday.
Near Sawgrass Mills, Joh Johnson stood with his head in his hands next to his black Chrysler 300, which sputtered out after driving through deep standing water.
Johnson, 26, of North Miami Beach was driving through standing water on his way to work at Tao Condos near Sawgrass Mills when water got into the car's starter.
“Normally, it would ride through,” he said. “But this is bad.”
At the same mall exit, Nilbe Dorseuy was drenched while walking to her friend’s car.
Dorseuy was leaving an overnight shift at the Sawgrass Mills Target when she realized her friend would not be able to pick her up in the flooded lot.
“The mall closed because it's flooded, but there were still some people in the parking lot,” Dorseuy, 60, of Tamarac said.
Dorseuy, with water up to her kneess, said she had to walk down the closed-off street to meet her ride.
Monica Birney and her son, Dylan Rodgers, attempted to walk to Target from their nearby apartment Wednesday morning when they encountered barricaded roads and flooded parking lots.
“We could swim to Target, but we ain't got our suits,” Birney, 45, joked.
The Sunrise resident said she and her son were looking for groceries since they couldn't drive out of their flooded parking garage.
“I tried to start my car, but the battery light went on and the engine started smoking,” she said. “I was like, dang.”
A contractor working on sidewalk repairs outside the mall said the repaired parts of the concrete are already flooded.
“It was all swamp 20 years ago,” he said. “It's still a swamp today.”