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Heavy Rains Force Arsht Center Evacuation

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There is usually no waterfall in the staging of The Lion King, but theatergoers attending a sold-out performance of the play Sunday night were forced to evacuate the theater shortly after intermission when water flowing from the ceiling began to flood the lobby.

Scott Shiller, Executive Vice President of Operations for the Adrienne Arsht Center, said flash flooding caused a drain line to leak and the lobby and other areas of the center to flood with water.

“The top floor you see some of the water coming inside of the atrium itself,” said Richard Trujillo, who was attending the show with his wife.

Patrons said the evacuation was orderly and courteous. Most left disappointed they didn’t get to see the entire show.

“I just feel sad that we were unable to see the whole show ,” said Grace Castillo, an audience member.

The center said they will be exchanging tickets for another performance. They are advising theatre goers to contact their point of purchase or the Adrienne Arsht Center beginning at 10am Monday morning.

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