Sink hole closes Western N.C. outlet mall

POSTED: 7:45 AM Jun 18 2013   UPDATED: 4:22 PM Jun 18 2013
NC Sinkhole 6-18-13
BANNER ELK, N.C. -

A sinkhole put a stop to shopping at a North Carolina outlet mall.

A sinkhole opened up right near the entrance to Tanger Outlet Mall in Blowing Rock.

The hole is believed to be about 20 feet deep and 15 feet wide.

Officials say the cause is likely storm drains that gave way.

Crews are working to build a temporary road but it may be several days before the mall can reopen.