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Roof Leak: Buckets set up inside Citrus Heights Walmart to catch rain

Buckets were set up in various aisles of the Walmart Supercenter in Citrus Heights to collect water leaking from the roof during rains on Dec. 31, 2022. // S. Williams

By Sara Beth Williams–
During heavy weekend rains, the Walmart Supercenter in Citrus Heights could be seen littered with buckets and tubs to collect water from leaks in the store’s roof.

On Saturday, Dec. 31, multiple 5-gallon buckets, smaller buckets, and plastic tubs large and small could be seen in the aisles of the Walmart store at 7010 Auburn Blvd. Sentinel staff observed water leaking from the ceiling into one group of large plastic tubs. At least one aisle in the grocery section of the store was blocked off with rope.

Janet Henner, a shopper at Walmart on Saturday said the leaks were “horrible” and that she has observed the leaks happening for years when she shops.

“It’s dangerous for the people shopping,” Henner said during an interview with The Sentinel. “[Walmart] should be very afraid of lawsuits.”

A front-end store manager, who did not wish to be identified, confirmed the leaks have been going on for years and said rain is leaking through cracks in the metal roofing because so many screws are loose.

“Honestly I haven’t seen it this bad,” the manager said, adding that Walmart staff continually circulate the store mopping up small puddles that occur to keep people from slipping.

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