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. Seriously folks, if you can't laugh about life, you are doing something wrong. 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
At the time, no one, including us, thought our business would ever reopen. When the Ministry of Transportation rebuilt the highway, they DID NOT PUT OUR ENTRANCE BACK.
But we LOVE this successful business, and we could rebuild and save the little we had left. Yay!
It was devastating. We completely lost our 2013 season, and the land loss is massive. You cannot insure LAND. :-(
We had to build a road through the canyon for the demolition of our newest 10 room building (so sad), plus demolish 2 more rooms hanging into the canyon. This did not fix the property.
2014 - Here's Chica under the eroding cliff - what used to be our entrance
and what used to be a gorgeous backyard :-(
Even though the land loss was approved for Disaster Relief, there has been no help at all. They have been destroying businesses in Northern Ontario for so long, that it must be incredibly difficult to actually try to HELP one.
So, 12 Rooms are gone (we are left with 4 rooms), our pull-through parking is gone, the property is destroyed, but we stay POSITIVE! Our wonderful guests LOVE our Tiny MINI Motel and are happy that we were able to save the Chalets and open 4 rooms.
We TRY not to concentrate on the 2 year old promises from Elected Officials ~
or the Gross hydro pole that now replaces the once buried fibre optics line in front of our rooms.
As always, we'll keep morphing to stay open, and do the best we can...
Look Folks! 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!
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