Wawa Disaster – Northern Lights Motel


Wawa Disaster – October 2012

It was a Wild Ride! Our Business and Property was destroyed beyond belief!

October 2012 Disaster

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

I took a photo of our newest (10 Room) Building in the above picture, when it was underwater. It was heartbreaking to see our newest rooms, the barn and our chalets 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)


Luckily we were closed for the season. The water came up so fast and turned into a RAGING river. We shudder to think what would have happened if people were staying in the rooms. 

Northern Lights Motel Wawa

We lost 3/4’s of the Business (12 Rooms – the average size of a Mom & Pop Motel), and were closed for almost a year. The 10 Room building below was without access for months. Nothing was salvageable.

Northern Lights Disaster Wawa

 

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Northern Lights Chalets

Now the Chalets are like new! 

4 Motel rooms & our Home were built on high ground and escaped damage. 


Elected Officials declared Wawa a Disaster and said they would help.

We were approved for Disaster Relief & raising money began March 22, 2013

wawa flood promise

Wawa Disaster Relief Northern Lights Motel Photo

Land Loss

We thank EVERYONE that donated on our behalf – the Ontario Government was matching donations 3 to 1. But we have yet to receive help from Disaster Relief. 

2016 – AECON was replacing culverts on the highway and needed a place to dump fill. BRING IT ON!  

Northern Lights Motel Disaster

Northern Lights Disaster

Maybe someday we will get our Entrance Back & have a Pull-Through Parking lot again. Fingers crossed!

We thank everyone for all the support through the disaster and years of recovery.

Always remember folks…

Life is Short - Don't sweat the small stuff

John & Mo – May 2013

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)

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

Northern Lights Motel Youtube Channel

Northern Lights Motel Snow Gauge

Northern Lights Motel Facebook Page

Mo and John's Chip Collection