Mission Valley malls remain open

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Two Mission Valley malls were open Wednesday, despite the San Diego River overflowing its banks in the area and limiting access to parking.

At Fashion Valley Mall, lower-level parking areas were closed on the south side of the parking lot, the mall's marketing director, Francine Miley, said. The rear entrance to the lot, which often floods, was also closed, she said.

The upper parking levels were unaffected, Miley said.

“It's just a little more challenging,” she said.

Parents and children were lined to see Santa Claus, she said.

Emmett Durnan, the general manager of Westfield Mission Valley, said all mall parking lots were open, and operations were normal.

“People are braving the weather to get their shopping done,” Durnan said.

Mission Center Road was closed at the San Diego River, due to flooding.

Broadcast images from a 10News helicopter showed edges of the roadway collapsing into the water.

By about 9 a.m., the San Diego River had risen above flood stage. The National Weather Service predicted it would be below flood levels by about 11 p.m.

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