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Wednesday’s heavy rains cause leaks at Charlotte’s SouthPark Mall

Business remained uninterrupted Thursday at SouthPark mall despite some ceiling leaks after Wednesday evening’s heavy rainfall, a year after a partial roof collapse shut down the mall.

It was not clear Thursday evening how many leaks there were, where they occurred or whether they have been fully repaired.

The majority of the leaks were caused by skylight seals that had been recently replaced, according to a news release. Mall officials say they are working with their contractor to determine the cause of the leaks and repair the damage.

The roof drainage system, which has been recently enhanced with additional drains to withstand periods of heavy rainfall, was inspected and found to be working correctly after Wednesday’s weather, the release said. No unusual water accumulation was found on the roof.

In July 2012, heavy rainfall caused portions of the mall’s roof to collapse over clothiers Gap and Banana Republic, flooding large portions of the mall and closing several stores for weeks while the damage was repaired.

Building permits filed last July showed the mall spent almost $900,000 to repair the roof, ceiling, walls, escalators and an air-handling unit on the roof.

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