Structural engineers said Wednesday that at least four of seven bays in a Bellevue strip mall will have to be demolished after suffering storm damage earlier in the week.

Those four bays house the Izmir Gyro House, All Nations Barbershop and American Shaman; one is empty.

Bellevue’s chief building inspector, Mike Christensen, said Thursday that he expects the remaining bays that house Twisted Logic Tattoos, the Purple Orchid florist and Tobacco King to reopen “in the next day or two.”

All seven bays, on Galvin Road, had closed as a precautionary measure after heavy rains Monday night overcame a curb rainwater barrier behind the strip mall. The rain eroded the soil, creating a large hole where the water appears to have flowed into the building.

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Christensen, surveying a sunken roof and destroyed rear walls, said the four bays were clearly beyond repair.

Bellevue City Councilman Pat Shannon, who owns the strip mall, said he believes the water retention curb, which is a few inches high, provided insufficient protection during Monday night’s rain.

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