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OCTOBER 25, 2012 Wawa was Declared a Disaster

Life is a Shipwreck.....

But we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. (Voltaire)

Wawa Disaster northern lights motel

Wawa disaster - northern lights motel lost 12 rooms a ton of land and  other buildings

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!)

Flood pic

Motel underwater

Once the highway (acting like a dam), was destroyed, the lake drained, formed a river, and took away our shed, and tons of property.

Waterfalls and River

Flood Pic Wawa Disaster

The highway was closed for ONE WEEK causing all sorts of panic.

Flood pic wawa disaster

Our 10 room building was in ruins, left without access.

Motel Rooms destroyed

Wawa Northern Lights Motel Disaster

Wawa Disaster 2012 Northern Lights Motel & Ford Dealership

Hotel Flooding in Wawa

News Articles about the Flood
Thunder Bay Chronicle "Storm swallows Wawa Business"
Sault Star -"Highway Like a River"
The Sudbury Star - "Wawa Sinkhole - Northern Lights Motel"
The Toronto Sun - "Wawa Tries to Recover"
May 26, 2013 - Mike Purvis interviewed John and Wrote an Update

The photo below made CTV's - 100 Photos that shaped Canada 2012

CTV's pic

(Those are laundry vehicles, not customer vehicles)

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 -

Funny Comment on Social Media


Those comments inspired me to draw this cartoon.

Cartoon drawing my Mo Hutchinson - Parker


It took one week to rebuild the highway.

rebuilding the highway in front of Northern Lights Motel - Wawa Disaster



Our View never looked like this before

highway being rebuilt in front of northern lights Motel wawa


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.

Our new entrance after the flood


But we LOVE this successful business, and we could rebuild and save the little we had left. Yay!

Shirley Mills wrote a nice story about the flooding and reopening our MINI MOTEL

Michael Purvis Interviewed John

Downsized big time!


It was devastating. We completely lost our 2013 season, and the land loss is massive. You cannot insure LAND. :-(

Flood photo

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

Disaster Front

and what used to be a gorgeous backyard :-(

Backyard disaster

Back hole

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.

Approved for Wawa Disaster Relief

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 ~

Promises promises

or the Gross hydro pole that now replaces the once buried fibre optics line in front of our rooms.

Why can't they just fix their property and bury the fibre optics line???


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!

Gross Culvert in front of Northern Lights Motel


So.... When life hands you lemons...

Grab the tequila!



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