OCTOBER 25, 2012 Wawa was Declared a Disaster
Check out the news video footage from a helicopter
We had no idea we were being flooded, and when we found out the highway was a river - our newest 10 Room Building, was already underwater. The water rose within a few hours, 1/2 way up the windows, before the water (lake) broke through the highway. (We were closed for the season - no one drowned. Whew!)
Once the highway (acting like a dam), was destroyed, the lake drained, formed a river, and took away our shed, and tons of property.
The highway was closed for ONE WEEK causing all sorts of panic.
Our 10 room building was in ruins, left without 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 love this successful business, and we could save the little we had left. We used to have a "Mom and Pop Motel", now it's a "Baby Motel."
It was devastating. We completely lost our 2013 season, and the land loss is massive.
We had to demolish the 2 rooms hanging in the canyon, and had to build a road through the canyon for the demolition of our newest 10 room building (so sad), but.... the property is still destroyed.
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 under the eroding cliff (this used to be our entrance)
So yes, 12 Rooms are gone (we are left with 4 rooms), and our property is destroyed, but we stay focused and POSITIVE! Our wonderful guests love our Tiny Mini Motel and are happy that we are still open!
We try not to concentrate on the 2 year old promises from Elected Officials ~
or the gross hydro pole that now replaces the buried fibre optics line. It used to be buried on the MTO property, but it's a crater now, and no one has filled it yet. They are "working" on it.
We'll do the best we can with a TINY Motel, 1 entrance, destroyed property..... and even a new waterfall! omg! wtf?
And nothing says Hospitality like a rusty old culvert out front!
So.... When life hands you lemons...
Grab the tequila!
After all, we've been running a Business in Northern Ontario for 15 years now. We are sooooooo used to this treatment!
Always remember ~
"The primary cause of unhappiness
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