June 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM
Three Bellevue Square stores still closed Wednesday after flooding
Three Bellevue Square stores remained closed Wednesday and it was uncertain when two would reopen, after heavy rains Tuesday night caused flooding.
Part of Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila was also inundated, but all stores there were open for business Wednesday.
Hugo Boss, Lego and Tiffany & Co., among about a dozen stores affected by flooding at Bellevue Square, were closed for the day Wednesday. Hugo Boss hopes to reopen Thursday, but Tiffany and Lego may be closed longer, said Jennifer Leavitt, vice president for marketing at the Bellevue Collection, which includes Bellevue Square.
The three stores that closed, all on the first floor, were affected by water that apparently found its way to the floor of The Apple Store from the roof, Leavitt said. Water entered other parts of the mall from ground level.
“It rained a lot. I was on 405 at the exact time that incredible deluge hit, and so I can tell you I’ve never driven in anything like it before,” Leavitt said.
About an inch of rainwater flooded the south atrium at Southcenter and stores including T-Mobile, but workers were able to clean up the mess before Wednesday’s mall opening, Westfield Southcenter Marketing Director Nicole Grubbs said.
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