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Valley View Mall Still Cleaning up Storm Damage

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Parts of Valley View Mall are still damaged after last week's massive rainfall. The Roanoke mall parking lot is still roped off. General manager Louise Dudley tells us water got under the asphalt and they don't want big cars or trucks driving over it and causing more damage. They hope to have it fixed by the end of July.

Meanwhile, inside the mall, Dudley says there were about six roof leaks, most in common areas of the mall around sky lights.

FUNomenal Sports and Training Academy is still closed after water started seeping through the walls last week.

Dudley says that's the only store with damage of that nature.

FUNomenal Sports representatives tell us they don't know when they will reopen. Insurance adjusters were inside today taking note of the damage.

"We are in cleanup and redirection mode," said Brooke Holterman, the FUNomenal Sports marketing director. "Being closed this long - as a new business, every day is crucial."

Dudley didn't want to go on camera but says the damage may have happened when drains on the roof near the outside wall overflowed.

"Being lower-level, not expecting that type of damage to be coming from the ceiling, it just put everybody on alert mode," Holterman said. "What do we do to reestablish and use this to our benefit and come back out stronger and better? What does the mall do, how did they come through and help with their tenants and build this relationship?"

Holterman says they're finding the silver lining.

"When life throws you a curve ball you have to hit it, so that's where we're at," Holterman said. "Being a sports facility, we're going at those curve balls and hope it will be home runs."

Coaches have been going to help people clean up damage and teach local daycares outside the mall.

"Our goal focuses on getting kids to get up and move no matter how small or how big they are, as long as they are doing something," Holterman said.

When they reopen, they plan to have a big grand reopening celebration.