City Closes Sandbag Depot For The Season

Thursday October 8th, 2020

Posted at 12:16pm

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The City of Windsor’s sandbag depot has closed for the season after water levels along Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River and Little River have receded to safer levels.

“Over the course of this year, we’ve provided approximately 30,000 sandbags to property owners as a precaution against overland flooding,” says City of Windsor Operations Executive Director Dwayne Dawson. “With water levels now down and winter on the way, the more immediate threat has passed, so we’re redeploying our resources elsewhere until needed again.”

In addition to the annual sandbag depot, the City provided additional services, including home-delivery of sandbags to help those residents who were isolating due to the pandemic.

“It’s easy to forget that, just a few months ago, our community faced the prospect of a natural disaster on top of the pandemic,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “In late spring, our team at city hall was monitoring water levels at the same time as we were COVID-19 case counts. While we never faced major flooding this year, the risk remained high throughout the late winter and spring—that’s why continuing to invest per the Sewer Master Plan is a major priority.”

The City says property owners with sandbag barriers should leave them in place until spring water level predictions are better known, as the barriers will continue to protect against heavy wind and wave activity.

The City says the water level, while lower, remains above normal levels, so caution is still advised.

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