Fund Set Up To Help Local Flood Victims

Green Shield Canada and Family Services Windsor-Essex have teamed up to help local flood victims.

Green Shield will match public donations dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, to help vulnerable residents who suffered damages from last month's storm.

Executive Director of Family Services Joyce Zuk says almost a month later, there are still people in the community who have water in their homes.

The money will be used to pay for basics such as cleaning, sanitizing, removal of damaged debris and basic restoration.

"When the flood in our community first happened, many of the calls we received were from local residents organization, agencies who were looking to donate financially to assist those in need," says Commissioner of Community Development and Health Services Jelena Payne. "One of the things they were passionate about was ensuring their funds stay local."

Zuk says this is just another option to help people who need it.

"We know that we need many tools in our tool box to address an issue like the disaster we saw last month. The type of rain and flooding that our community experienced is one that we have never previously seen."

Family Services Windsor-Essex will be accepting applications for assistance until December 16th.

Donations can be made to Family Services website (click here) or dropping off monetary donations at 1770 Langlois.

2740 homes in Windsor were damaged by flooding while 20% of Tecumseh households were affected.

Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara announced a $5000 donation to the cause from the proceeds raised from his golf tournament.