CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NewsChannel 36 is probing into the cause of Friday's roof collapse at SouthPark Mall during very heavy rain.
Officials will be meeting with engineers at 1 p.m. Monday at the mall as theyinvestigate what led to two large holes opening up near the Gap and Banana Republic.
Hundreds of people were inside the mall when six to eight inches of water flooded the area.
Periodic building inspections are not something we do, said Jim Bartl, head of Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement.
Officials from the mall and from Code Enforcement were at the mall all weekend and said they haven't been able to pinpoint the cause yet.
We're not sure. It might have been clogged drains on the roof or perhaps it was the result of an original design flaw, said an official with Code Enforcement. We just don't know yet.
The Charlotte Fire Department does do regular inspections for fire safety, but looking at the overall building integrity isn't part of that process.
SouthPark Mall officials said they anticipate opening the stores impacted by Friday's flood as early as Tuesday.
NewsChannel 36 has a crew at the mall Monday and will have details on that 1 p.m. meeting during our 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.