Salon in Laurel, Md. cleaning up after storm damage

Tuesday's storm in Laurel, Md. did a number on Prep Salon and now, the cleanup is underway. (WJLA/ Richard Reeve)

Bag after bag of storm-damaged materials flew out a second story window at the Prep Salon in Laurel.

"I ran down here, realized there's a hole in the roof," recalled owner David Dustin.

On Thursday evening, a cleanup crew was busily clearing debris from the flooded out salon.

A costly and frustrating experience for Dustin and his wife Alison.

"We didn't stand a chance," she says. "The only lucky thing is no one was in here."

Tuesday night's storm hop-scotched across the area around 10:30, dumping three inches of rain in less than an hour.

Sustained winds sheared off the salon's roof.

"The [air conditioning] units flipped over on the top of the building, and pulled with it the roof lining," Dustin said.

Then the rain turned the five-year-old business into a waterlogged mess.

"The water poured in through the open hole and took down with it all the interior, the filler," Dustin recalled.

Two inches of standing water damaged the hardwood floor that the Dustins put in.

The ceiling fixtures, the wall painting all of it done by the couple themselves.

And, to make matters worse, some of that water dripped into an insurance company office on the floor below.

"It's something we didn't expect," David Dustin said quietly.

And then there's the salon's sign, ripped away by the winds from it's heavy metal bracket.

The Dustins say oddly enough, those heavy gusts turned the sign into a heavy-weight frisbee that smashed into a now boarded-up window across the street.

"Maybe something like a micro-burst or a tornado may have hit this area," Alison Dustin said.

The National Weather Service is looking at data, to see what kind of storm slammed into Laurel Tuesday night.

For now, a giant tarp covers the salon roof.

The Dustins say repairs could take up to two months.

They say they are covered by insurance, and are determined to fix up their business.

Still, the the notion of more heavy-duty rain on Friday is not something they're looking forward to.

"It does make you feel a little sad to know all your work in this space is just kind of worth nothing now," Alison Dustin says.

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