Rain and Wind Combination Wreak Havoc in Windsor-Essex

A Flood Warning issued by the Essex Region Conservation Authority has been extended to Friday afternoon.

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is keeping an eye on areas that are currently underwater including Cotterie Park Road and Lakeshore Road in Leamington. 

There are also very high levels on waterways in Windsor, LaSalle and Belle River and ERCA says another 10mm of rain is expected Wednesday afternoon. 

ERCA Director of Watershed Management Services Tim Byrne says the combination of a lot of rain and wind are a double hit to the region.

Speaking on the Afternoon News,  Byrne says it's too much rain and for too long.

"We are super saturated, it has been raining now, it feels like for two months for God's sake, " he says. "We got a significant amount of rain falling consistently not allowing rivers and streams to drain out."

Byrne says thankfully, the overnight rain fell over an eight hour period.  He says if it had rained consistently over a more compressed timeline, there would have been significant flooding.

"Lake levels all being elevated and super saturated ground conditions," he says.  "We are running out of room to ship water to."

Close to 47mm fell overnight resulting in 50 flooded basements in the city.