Mayors in the City of Windsor and the Town of Tecumseh have declared states of emergency as heavy rain is flooding homes, roads and parking lots in the region.
Environment Canada says unofficial reports indicate up to 150 millimetres of rain had fallen in the Tecumseh area and as much as 115mm in the Belle River area by noon Thursday.
Forecasters say several rounds of showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect Essex County into Friday, with additional rainfall amounts expected to be in the 40 to 70mm range.
They say the normal rainfall amount for the whole month of September in Windsor-Essex is about 94mm.
One Tecumseh resident, Tony Fischer, tells AM980 the skies opened up this morning.
“It was just about 9 o’clock that we got the call from the town not to go on the roads because flooding had started. So it started about 8:30-9:30 when the heavy rains came down and things started to flood and back up.”
— Tom Fraser (@thomfraser) September 29, 2016
Fischer said he was at work in the United States when he decided to drive home to help pump out his basement, despite his home being at the highest point on the street.
“The thing was I couldn’t get home. I actually had to park a ways away and pull my pants up and take my work shoes off and my socks and walk up my road in nearly knee high water to get (home),” he said. “In my basement, there’s at least a foot-and-a-half of water, for sure.”
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens urged provincial and federal governments to come through with assistance during a news conference on Thursday.
He also asked residents to limit their water use.
Provincial police say many roads in the Tecumseh area have been flooded and are urging drivers to avoid flooded areas, and parents to keep children away from water runoff areas, rivers, creeks and streams.
The Chatham-Kent area also is receiving significant rainfall, and Environment Canada says rainfall amounts of 30 to 60 mm are forecast by Friday evening for much of the region.