One week after heavy rain in Tecumseh and Windsor caused flooding and sparked states of emergencies, Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara says the town is recovering.
Tecumseh was hit with about 195 millimetres of rain, about 100 millimetres more than it usually receives for the entire month of September.
The normal rainfall amount for the whole month of September in Windsor-Essex is about 94mm.
McNamara says the town has logged over 1,200 flood survey responses and more than 300 calls or visits have been made to town hall.
Tecumseh and Windsor declared states of emergency last Thursday as heavy rain flooded basements and overwhelmed storm sewers.
Earlier this week Bill Mauro, Ontario’s municipal affairs minister, approved disaster relief funds for residents in Tecumseh, Windsor and Lakeshore.
He said both the municipalities and residents can apply for provincial funds, which will be given out on a “case-by-case basis.”
McNamara calls the flooding “unprecedented” and says he’s proud of how people have responded.
Damage totals haven’t been announced but early estimates peg it at around $25 million.
Flooding is the most common source of weather damage to homes in Canada. Data configured by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction has found flooding usually does about $2 billion in damage to homes across Canada each year.