FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Some stores in Glenbrook Square mall remain closed while crews clean up damage from an overnight water main break.
As of 5 p.m., store employees said the stores between the jewelry stores near Starbucks and Things Remembered were still closed. Victoria’s Secret was also still closed and said it would probably be closed for several days. An employee at another store said several businesses have a lot of damage.
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Multiple water damage restoration crews are at the mall to clean up the damage including ServiceMaster Clean. Water Out, North Star Recovery Services, Paul Davis Restoration and Renovations and Stanley Steemer.
A manager of one of the stores affected said he heard the water main break happened around midnight and 40 to 50 stores were affected. He said it was frustrating having to turn customers away because he was still mopping up his store. His business was back open around 1 p.m.
JCPenny was using big fans to air out an area near the mall entrance on the upper level Friday afternoon. An employee there said most of the water stayed around the stores on the inside of the mall.
One shopper told NewsChannel 15 that he saw several inches of standing water in the back of Spencer’s. An employee said they lost a lot of merchandise there.
A Stanley Steemer employee told NewsChannel 15 that several stores have been affected. Mud could be seen in a service entrance on Friday morning.
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A sign on one of the entrance doors to the mall read “Sorry Due To A Water Main Break This Door Will Be Closed.”
At about 9:30 a.m., a mall employee told NewsChannel 15 there was standing water in the common areas of the mall. At about 10 a.m. it half the mall opened, with sections of it roped off.
The City of Fort Wayne is not involved in the water main break as the mall is private property and Glenbrook is responsible for maintaining the water infrastructure.
TGI Fridays posted on its Facebook page on Friday morning that 40 to 50 stores were affected. TGI Friday, Red Robin, Macys and Barnes and Noble indicated they will be open. These stores have outside entrances which allow them to serve customers even if the mall itself is closed.