Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Windsor-Essex as they call for more rain in the area that has been affected by flooding since Thursday.
Officials say more than 1,700 households in the southwestern Ontario communities of Windsor, Tecumseh, and Lakeshore have been damaged due to a rainstorm that began Wednesday night.
Forecasters say heavy, intermittent showers are likely to remain through the weekend as a low pressure system is expected to gradually move northward from the Ohio valley by Sunday morning.
While forecasters say the heavy rainfall the area has experienced has “diminished considerably in strength,” significant rainfall amounts will remain possible over the weekend.
As much as 15 to 30 mm of rainfall is expected by Sunday evening.
Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara, who declared a state of emergency on Thursday, says 10 per cent of households in his town were affected by rain.
McNamara told a news conference Friday afternoon that all pumping equipment in town was working at capacity but the rain was too much to handle.
He said that no drainage system would be able to handle close to 200 millimetres of rain within 15 hours. Windsor-Essex normally receives just 94 mm the entire month of November.
Windsor also declared a state of emergency on Thursday, saying it needed to get access to support from higher levels of government.
The mayors of Windsor and Tecumseh are calling on residents with flooded basements to give the municipality a call or register online to get an accurate assessment of the damage.
Windsor and Tecumseh residents were asked to limit water usage. Garbage collection in both cities was delayed, but resumed Friday along with other impacted city services.
Area police are urging drivers to avoid flooded areas and for parents to keep children and pets away from water runoff areas, rivers, creeks and streams.