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.
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.
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 and hope that they fix the culvert, end flooding issues, replace our driveway and help fix the destroyed property. But this process takes many years. I could take new 2015 photos, but I am done photographing the mess. It’s been so many years, and so many photos… I will take new photographs if and when something changes.
I still managed to get the nicest Autumn photos of the “PIT” last Fall ~
After the Wawa Flood, we REBUILT what we could & renovated everything that was on HIGH GROUND.
Morphing this Business is nothing new to us. It has been an ongoing job for the last 16 years. We have seen 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