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Storm floods downtown shop

April Trigg and Samantha Edwards of Marie Claris Hair Extensions clean up damaged wigs and mannequins Thursday after Wednesday night’s storm caused the ceiling to collapse and flood the 30th Avenue store.  - Jennifer Smith/Morning Star
April Trigg and Samantha Edwards of Marie Claris Hair Extensions clean up damaged wigs and mannequins Thursday after Wednesday night’s storm caused the ceiling to collapse and flood the 30th Avenue store.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith/Morning Star

The storm that rolled through Vernon, dumping 23.4 millimetres of rain, proved too much for one local business to handle.

April Trigg got the call at about 2 a.m. Thursday that there was some disruption at Mary Claris Hair Extensions, where she works.

You’d never know it from the outside, but Trigg and her manager Samantha Edwards discovered that the roof had collapsed under the weight of the rain, spilling two inches of water throughout the store and damaging thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

“It was leaking and then the ceiling just gave way,” said Edwards, having to turn customers away as restoration crews cleaned up the mess.

“It’s so sad,” said Trigg, who was busy on the phone trying to re-book customers at the Kelowna location. “I was speechless.”

The store, which specializes in extensions, braiding, dreadlocks and wigs (for men and women, including medical grade fits) not only lost products and service, but will have to wait until the roof is repaired and flooring and much of the shelving is replaced.

“It’s quite a big loss,” said Edwards of the company which leases its 30th Avenue location. “Thank goodness we’ve got the insurance.”

She is hoping they can open their doors to customers by next week.

But through it all, the staff are finding strength in the support others have shown.

“There’s so much community heart, and community spirit,” said Edwards, who appreciates the calls of support and customers’ understanding.

 

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