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Bellevue Square flooded | Tiffany, LEGO Store closed Wednesday

Parts of Bellevue Square, including the Apple Store and Tiffany & Co., were flooded Tuesday night after heavy rains hit the area and at least one store remained closed throughout Wednesday as cleanup continued.

The Bellevue Fire Department responded to the mall and cleanup crews worked through the night to prepare the mall for its 9:30 a.m. opening. Kemper Development's Jennifer Leavitt said Tiffany & Co. and the LEGO store remained closed for the day and Hugo Boss worked to re open at some point Wednesday.

None of the common areas of the mall were impacted.

The severity of the flooding was uncertain, but the dozen businesses impacted suffered power outages and water damage. Leavitt said while flooding in the mall is not unheard of, it is usually due to a construction mishap rather than Mother Nature.

"In a building like this, we deal with leaks," she said. "We haven't had this much water."

Flooding was also reported at Northeast Eighth Street and 100th Avenue Northeast at the Bellevue Park condos and property manager Teresa May said several units on the south and west sides of the community were affected. It's not the first time the building have been flooded, she said.,

"This has been an ongoing issue," she said. "They were out there with buckets and sandbags trying to keep it from coming in."

The community installed an enlarged catch basin with a sump pump around two years ago, at a cost of $75,000.

While rain continued throughout Wednesday, Leavitt said she did not believe it posed the threat of more flooding in the mall.

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