On Wednesday October 17, 2012 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Superior East Wawa Detachment were notified by Bell Alliance that 911 services had been restored to Dubreuilville, Missanabie and Hawk Junction. Since October 25 all three communities were without land line telephone capabilities. Bell reports that the connections have been restored and the community members now have land line capabilities.
At this time Highway 17 North bound from Wawa to White River continues to be under construction. The OPP and Ministry of Transportation (MTO) warn motorists to drive with caution as the highway will have gravel sections. This situation on Highway 17 South bound is the same, gravel sections and under construction.
From the town of Wawa
Managing a declared emergency of any kind is no easy task. It requires patience and understanding, and a combination of planning, “thinking on the fly” and above all, teamwork.
Wawa and area is blessed with a number of dedicated people who have come together three times in the past fourteen (14) months to manage declared emergencies. The emergency that was declared last Thursday evening developed into a second emergency as Wawa prepared itself to host our friends from Michipicoten First Nation.
Mayor Linda Nowicki stated; “I continue to be impressed by the level of resolve maintained by our dedicated Emergency Control Group. While our municipal staff and volunteer fire fighters play a large role in this process, its success would not be possible without the participation from our volunteers and fellow public sector agencies. All of these people have worked endless hours to ensure the comfort of our guests from Michipicoten First Nation and the repairs to our infrastructure.”
The Michipicoten First Nation and the Municipality of Wawa have worked hand in hand to ensure repairs to all infrastructure. Crews have been working on the roads within the Michipicoten First Nation and in Wawa. Mayor Nowicki went on to say that “the progress has been amazing. We also have to remember that these same crews have to ensure our streets remain safe and our remaining infrastructure and services continue without disruption. Without them, our community would shut down. Municipal Staff have worked very hard to ensure minimal disruption in service, even working from home where necessary, due to the road washouts.”
The Ontario Commissioner of Public Safety, Dan Hefkey, visited Wawa on Monday, October 29, 2012 and was impressed by the level of dedication of the Emergency Control Group. Mayor Nowicki noted that she “was very proud of our community, for pulling together in such a crisis.”
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