LAKE GROVE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — One of the biggest malls on Long Island was evacuated Monday, after police said there were major roof leaks.
They were detected in dozens of stores in the Smith Haven Mall in Suffolk County, police said. The mall was completely evacuated by 4 p.m.
“Almost as if it was an open ceiling and it was raining. Just picture we’re outside and it was raining,” Smithtown Building Department director John Bongino told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.
Bongino said it does appear the mall suffered structural damage.
“One of the steel joists appeared to be a little off kilter, bending a little,” Bongino said.