Lake and River Flooding

Lake and River Flooding

Note: This section of the website is related to emergency preparedness for overland flooding. For additional information on property flooding, see basement flooding, backflow prevention and downspout disconnections.

Overland Flooding and Supports

The City of Windsor is not currently in an enhanced monitoring position for overland flooding.

In the warmer months, enhanced monitoring is sometimes required in the east end of the city due to high water levels on Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River.

The potential for flooding is dependent on lake and river levels, the duration of rainfall and the direction and speed of wind. When levels are high, residents should be aware that a strong northeast wind has the potential to push water over the shoreline onto land. Residents are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and take proactive steps to ensure they are prepared should flooding occur.

In an emergency, residents will be updated via electronic channels and are encouraged to sign up for Windsor Alerts at and monitor news outlets as well as the City of Windsor’s Twitter and/or Facebook pages.

Emergency Services has requested that residents refrain from calling 9-1-1 for basement or property flooding unless there is an emergency occurring. This will allow resources to be focussed on rescue operations and road closures in response to flooding.

Sandbag Station

The City of Windsor sandbag station is currently closed. Should the threat of overland flooding return and necessitate the reopening of sandbag distribution, details will be made available to the public at that time.

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