Wawa Disaster – Northern Lights Motel

Wawa Disaster – October 2012

October 2012 Disaster
This photo made it into the 2012’s Top 100 Canadian News Photos 

I took a photo of the Building in the above picture, when it was underwater

Motel Underwater

CRAZY Video footage from above – CBC’s video footage of the Disaster

News Articles about the Disaster ~ Sault Star -“Highway Like a River”

The Wawa Sinkhole  (It wasn’t a sinkhole, but it did kind of look like one?)

 LOL@my cartoon~ 

Wawa Hotel Disaster

(If you don’t have a sense of humour in this life…. What exactly do you have?)

Don’t worry folks – We were closed for the season and no one drowned. 4 Motel rooms & our Home were built on high ground and escaped damage.

Wawa Hotel Rooms
We lost 12 of our 16 Rooms & now have a Baby Motel

Elected Officials said they would help, but we keep waiting…..

wawa flood promise

The Massive Land Loss was approved for Disaster Relief. But we are dealing with The Ministry of Transportation & Ontario Disaster Relief. Dealing with 2 Government Entities is very painful. (We all know how painful it can be to deal with ONE Government entity. lol)

The MTO said they want to rebuild our entrance, and put an END to future flooding by redesigning culvert / drainage systems. But this process takes years. Ontario Disaster Relief waits for the MTO as well.

This was our 2nd entrance. We hope to get rid of this Visual Pollution in front of our Business,  but this is out of our control.

Wawa Flood Years Later

Even with the property DESTROYED, I still managed to get the nicest Autumn photos of the “PIT”. There’s beauty in everything right??

Wawa Disaster Northern Lights Motel

The Open Pit


Beautiful Colours – The PIT has never looked better!

After the Wawa Flood, we started renovating everything that we could, saving our Business and making our VERY Tiny Motel, the best it could be.

Morphing this Business is nothing new to us. It has been an ongoing job for the last 16 years. We have watched dozens of neighbouring hotels & businesses board up. We’ve always understood the NEED to change as the Rural, Mom & Pop, and Northern Ontario Businesses quickly become a thing of the past.

We aren’t quitters… We are survivors!

Always remember folks…

Life is Short - Don't sweat the small stuff

John & Mo – May 2013

May 26, 2013 – Mike Purvis interviewed John and Wrote an Update

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Northern Lights Motel Snow Gauge

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Mo and John's Chip Collection