Heavy Rainfall Forces Kings Mall Closures

Leaks from the ceiling shut parts of the shopping centre

Kings Mall Shopping Centre Hammersmith

A shopping centre in Hammersmith was forced to shut following leaks from the ceiling.

Kings Mall was closed after rainwater began pouring into the centre where ongoing roof repairs were taking place.

Cleaners were seen inside the shopping centre with a number of buckets and mops next to an industrial cleaning machine.

Kings Mall manager Natalya Petelina said, “To protect the safety of colleagues and visitors we had to temporarily close some areas of the Kings Mall on Tuesday (14 September).

“This was due to rainwater leaking in following ongoing essential repairs to our roof.

“We expect to fully re-open once our facilities management team have made the space safe.”

In a statement on their website, Kings Mall said, “Regrettably we have been forced to temporarily close some areas of the Kings Mall due to water leaks following last night’s heavy rain.”

The shopping centre confirmed visitors can still access its east entrance and that a number of shops were still open throughout the incident.

Kings Mall confirmed Specsavers, EE, Three, Metro, Santander, Costa, H&M, Primark, Footlocker, HSBC and Natwest were still open but did not mention if other shops in the centre such as Clarks, Lidl and Wasabi were open.

The flooding comes after Hammersmith and Fulham Council declared an emergency in July after rainwater caused sewers to overflow and enter a number of homes.

Sewage water began seeping out of resident’s toilets and one woman was unable to sleep in her home for nine days after sewage was still not being cleaned.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council (LBHF) has advised any residents concerned by heavy rainfall to contact the council’s emergency duty team or Thames Water.

The council also warned if sewage floods into a home, residents should move away from it and notify Thames Water.

LBHF recommends people stay with friends and relatives.

Jacob Phillips - Local Democracy Reporter

September 15, 2021

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