Wawa Disaster – October 2012
I took a photo of our newest (10 Room) 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)
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.
We lost 12 of our 16 Rooms and were closed for almost a year. The 10 Room building below was without access for months. Nothing was salvageable.
Arial view of the rebuilding of the Highway
Elected Officials said they would help, but we have yet to receive help from our Government
The Massive Land Loss was approved for Disaster Relief.
But dealing with 2 Government entities, The Ministry of Transportation & Ontario Disaster Relief, has been a VERY Long and Painful process. (We all know how Painful it can be to deal with ONE Government entity. lol)
We wait patiently in hopes that they fix the culvert, END flooding issues, replace our entrance and help fix the destroyed property. But this process takes many years. The 3rd anniversary of the flood is coming up soon!
I managed to get the nicest Autumn photos of the “PIT” last Fall ~
Morphing this Business is nothing new to us. It has been an ongoing job for the last 16 years. We are surrounded by closed down & boarded up Hotels. Business Owners MUST MORPH to survive in Rural Northern Ontario.
We aren’t quitters… We are survivors!
Always remember folks…
May 26, 2013 – Mike Purvis interviewed John and Wrote an Update