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Mall evacuated: Roof collapse likely post-blizzard (+video)

A mall was evacuated in suburban New York after snow accumulation on the roof — up to 7 feet in snow drifts — led to fears of imminent collapse. Rain and melting snow leaked into at least two dozen stores in Long Island's Smith Haven Mall, prompting the evacuation.

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One of the biggest malls on Long Island was evacuated Monday because of major roof leaks after a rainstorm followed nearly 3 feet of snow, police said.

The Smith Haven Mall in Suffolk County was cleared by 4 p.m. Monday after significant leaks were detected in more than two dozen stores. Police worried the roof could collapse.

Smithtown Building Department Director John Bongino said that in one of the stores it looked "almost as if there was an open ceiling and it was raining."

 
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