OCTOBER 25, 2012 Wawa was Declared a Disaster
The highway was closed for ONE WEEK causing all sorts of panic.
Thank Goodness we were Closed for the Season. It could have been so much worse (Always look on the bright side). The water rose within a few hours, 1/2 way up the windows on our newest 10-Room building, before the water (lake) broke through the highway. (This building has been demolished - nothing was salvageable because there was no access)
The photo below made CTV's news.ca - 100 Photos that shaped Canada 2012
But... we are surrounded by boarded up Motels & Businesses. Let's face it, Northern Ontario IS a Disaster. This was just another day!
Mother Nature could never take away our sense of humour. We HAD to chuckle when we read this comment on Facebook -
Those comments inspired me to draw this cartoon.
It took one week to rebuild the highway.
Our View never looked like this before
I made a special Christmas Card for everyone -
At the time, no one, including us, thought our business would ever reopen. But we aren't Quitters. We have spent the past 22 months rebuilding what we have left. We used to have a "Mom and Pop Motel", now it's a "Baby Motel."
The property is still a DISASTER....
We had to build a road through the canyon for the demolition of the 10 room building, but.... the property is fenced off and horrible. :-(
Here's Chica (she is my height) in the backyard. omg huh? People that see the destruction for themselves, always say that photos do not do the damage justice.
Here's Chica in the front yard - standing under what used to be our 2nd entrance
So yes, 12 Rooms are gone and our property is destroyed, but it's the inside that counts... Right?
Millette's General Contracting rebuilt the decks and main floors of the Chalets. They renovated our 4 Rooms that were not affected by the flood and are on high ground. Look at the beautiful new carpet and tiles ~
New Tub Surrounds & fixtures...
We stay focused and POSITIVE! We cannot concentrate on the negative because unfortunately, mother nature isn't the only one that trashed the place :-(
It can be VERY DEPRESSING if we allow our minds to fall prey to the neglect and abuse of other "entities"
So when life hands you lemons...
Grab the tequila!
After all folks, it is Northern Ontario! Neglect and Abuse runs rampant here. (Look what they're doing to Wawa)