Driving through a flooded streetSurrounded on three of four sides by large bodies of water, the Windsor and Essex County region has experienced various types of flood emergencies in the recent past. Flood damage costs Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars annually and is also a threat to our lives and families.

Each of us has a responsibility to protect our families, homes, and businesses to the greatest extent possible. Do you live in a "defined" flood zone? Does your home or business insurance policy provide you with coverage in the event of a flood? (Many policies require a specific addition to cover water damage from floods, as opposed to other types of water-related damage such as roof leaks, burst pipes, etc. If unsure of your exact coverage, please review with your insurance representative).

By planning ahead and taking sensible precautions, you can minimize the impact of floods and flood damage.

Flood threats to particular areas (flood zones, low-lying areas) can usually be forecast in a number of ways, including:

  • Constant evaluation of rising water tables that result from heavy rains
  • Surveys of snow melt and ice conditions in river drainage basins
  • Meteorological observations and forecasts.

Flash or sudden flooding, in which warning time is extremely limited, can result from other causes such as earthquakes, tsunamis or tidal waves, hurricanes, violent storms or bursting of dams.

Basement Flooding

For information regarding basement flooding prevention, visit our Flooding page.

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