Wawa Disaster – October 2012
I took a photo of the Building in the above picture, when it was 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?)
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.
Elected Officials said they would help, but we keep waiting…..
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.
Even with the property DESTROYED, I still managed to get the nicest Autumn photos of the “PIT”. There’s beauty in everything right??
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…
May 26, 2013 – Mike Purvis interviewed John and Wrote an Update