Lake and River Flooding
Note: This section of the website is related to emergency preparedness and flooding. For detailed information on basement flooding, backflow prevention and downspout disconnections please follow these links.
Overland Flooding and Supports
The City of Windsor remains in an enhanced monitoring position regarding the potential for overland flooding 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. 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 www.windsoralerts.ca 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.
The City of Windsor is moving forward with plans to make sand and bags available to residents in the area of greatest risk of flooding at this time. These homes are located along the north side of Riverside Drive from George Avenue east to our border with the Town of Tecumseh.
The City of Windsor is committed to working with all residents in East Windsor who could potentially be impacted by seasonal flooding. A detailed letter from the City Engineer was distributed to 300 at-risk homes with additional information and advice on how to protect residential properties. A further 17,000 will receive an informational flyer.
Residents from these addresses are asked to call 311 (open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday), and an appointment can be set up to meet City staff at the sandbag station. Appointments will be scheduled between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, beginning Friday, April 3, 2020.
The sandbag station is located at 9410 Little River Road (just west of the Little River Bridge and the roundabout). Residents attending the sandbag station will be asked to show proof of address (mail or billing information showing address) and to check in with the attendant each time they visit. The sandbag station will have a City staff member on hand, and filled sand bags are available upon request with co-ordination through 311. Empty bags are also available on site for residents to fill.
As per advice from the Windsor Essex County Health Unit, residents are reminded to practice social distancing when filling sandbags, and stay 6 feet away from anyone else who may be filling sandbags.
While these noted conditions for shoreline flooding are not related to infrastructure, helpful details on basement flooding prevention are available on the City of Windsor website.
Residents are responsible for their own properties.
City is not assisting property owners on private property.
However, the City is pro-actively assisting affected property owners to prepare their own properties by making sand and sandbags available to residents in the area of greatest risk of flooding at this time.
Sandbag Fill Station Information:
The sandbag fill station provides a free self-serve option for eligible residents.
Property owners can obtain up to 100 empty bags per visit.
Property owners will be required to fill the provided bags and load them into their own vehicles.
Pre-filled bags are available, and requests should be made through 311 to coordinate a time to pick up filled bags.
Sand is for sandbag filling only.
Proof of Eligibility:
Affected property owners or those acting on their behalf must register at the fill station and provide proof of address: Drivers licence or billing information with name and address will be required.
Independent contractors are not permitted at the fill station
Shovels will be provided during operational hours but residents are encouraged to bring their own shovels as well as gloves.
How to Fill a Sandbag:
Be sure to wear gloves plus goggles to protect your eyes from the sand. Sandbags are treated to prevent deterioration when stored. Avoid contact with your eyes and mouth.
Fill sandbags about halfway full. Do not add more sand, as it will not help. Filling the bag halfway with sand allows the bag to be moved more easily. A properly filled sand bag should weigh between 35-40 lbs.
Close the top of the bag. Scrunch the walls of the bag together like a candy bag. Sandbags filled one-half to two-thirds full should generally be left untied.
Use proper lifting techniques to avoid injury and fatigue. Lift with your legs and bend at the knees to save your back.
Lay the sandbag flat and roughly parallel to the expected flow of water and debris. Make sure the closed end of the sandbag is facing in the general direction of the expected flow and fold the open end of the sandbag diagonally away from the expected flow.
Lay down a row of sandbags flat, like bricks. After the first row, lay out a second row of bags on top.
If you are concerned with water pollution, use rubber gloves and appropriate clothing if contact with water is unavoidable.
Wear adequate clothing in layers and watertight boots.
Sources: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sandbagging Techniques