The horrific collapse of the Elliot Lake mall in June is something that's unlikely to stop reverberating in the small Ontario town for many years.
The town made national headlines for weeks after a partial structure failure at the Algo Centre Mall caused a section of the rooftop parking deck to crash through several levels to the ground floor.
Structural instability meant that rescue crews were also delayed in reaching the bodies of two women who died in the accident. Twenty other mall-goers received non-life-threatening injuries.
But now that the debris has settled, the Canadian Press writes that Elliot Lake's 13,500 residents are gearing up for a winter without a central shopping — or meeting — place.
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While plagued by leaks and water damage, the mall was reportedly the focal point for many townsfolk who found myriad uses for the indoor complex.
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