Wawa Disaster – October 2012
I took a photo of our newest (10 Room) Building was underwater. The barn and both chalets were underwater (set in a lake), as the highway acted like a DAM. The water eventually busted through the highway, and turned into a raging river. I had to call 911 and tell them they had to close the highway.
Photo Gallery (It wasn’t a sinkhole, but I guess with such a huge loss of land, everyone thought it was)
Luckily we were closed for the season when it happened. Whew!
The Trans Canada Highway was closed for 1 Week. Without a Detour, it caused all sorts of panic.
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.
Elected Officials declared Wawa a Disaster and said they would help.
March 22, 2013, we were approved for Disaster Relief & they started raising money. The Ontario Government said they would match donations 3 to 1.
We thank EVERYONE that donated on our behalf!
But we have yet to receive help from Disaster Relief.
(Dealing with 2 Government Entities, The Ministry of Transportation, and Ontario Disaster Relief, has been an extremely long and painful process.)
January 2013 – Gravel was dumped around the two rooms that were hanging into the canyon and the removal of the last two rooms began.
June 2013 – The road was built through the canyon and the demolition of the 10 Rooms started.
2016 – 4 years after the flood, AECON was replacing culverts on the highway and needed a place to put fill. Yahoooooo! Just when you think that the property will be destroyed forever…. it gets filled!
July 2017 – It took almost 5 years, but we have our entrance and Pull Through Parking Lot again! The property is still a destroyed mess, but hey…. At least it’s FLAT!! (We always look at the bright side.)
We thank everyone for your support over the years!
May 26, 2013 – Mike Purvis interviewed John and Wrote an Update