Leamington Officials Calculating The Extent Of Flood Damage

Among the hardest hit places in this past weekend's storm was along the Leamington shoreline.

Damage to municipal infrastructure and private property could run into the millions.

Several homes have been damaged beyond repair and roadways have been washed out by the waves.

Leamington Mayor John Paterson says municipal staff have been going door-to-door to gather information about the extent of damage. "We have found a significant amount of the municipal infrastructure, roads, like the pavement it's gone.  So we've got that to deal with."

"Much of the shoreline property is privately owned, but not all," says Paterson. "We do have pumping stations and the like.  So what we've done in the past when we've had storm events like this, the best we can do is get down there and take care of our infrastructure.  So clear all the road of the debris and there is a lot of debris down there this time."

Some of the roads are currently unusable and roadblocks are in place. 

Paterson says a decision has not been made about how to classify the damage from the storm. "We have not declared a state of emergency, not sure that's going to be the right thing to do anyway, that's what the municipality can do. But if the province looks at the information we share with them, they could declare a disaster."

The town has been been in communication with the provincial Ministry of Housing and Rural Affairs, but it's too soon to know what response will come from Queen's Park.

Paterson says both the local federal and provincial members of government are ready to advocate for the town.