Sawgrass Mills mall will remain closed Thursday after its parking lots were flooded by ongoing heavy rain in the area.
The mall shuttered its doors Wednesday after excessive rainfall flooded its exterior lots and access roads, stranding some overnight workers as well as would-be shoppers whose cars stalled and stopped in the standing water. None of the buildings were flooded.
The Sunrise outlet mall received 15 inches of rain in the last three days, most of which fell in the space of 24 hours, said mall spokeswoman Jennifer Valdes. It was the most rainfall the area had seen since Hurricane Irene in 2005.
“Once the heavy rain stops, the water level decreases, and access to the mall’s entry is safe, we will announce the mall’s re-opening,” Valdes said.
Heavy storms have lashed South Florida this week, bringing record rain and thunderstorms to the region for the past several days.
Weather has cleared up in many parts of Miami-Dade, although nasty weather continues in some areas of South Florida — particularly in western Broward County. Forecasters predict showers will persist into the weekend.