VIDEO: Flood Warning Issued as Windsor Begins to Supply Sandbags

As the City of Windsor begins to provide sandbags for residents, the Essex Region Conservation Authority is issuing a Flood Warning.

ERCA says the flooding is already happening in the Cotterie Park Road area of Leamington and other areas could face flooding.

East to Northeast wind has started to increase and that makes areas all along the area's shorelines vulnerable to water rising.

The wind is forecast to peak late tonight.

The areas of concern are Lake Erie including Pelee Island, Lakes St. Clair and the Detroit River shorelines.

The city's sandbagging location at the end of Little River Road just east of Little River is now open.

Bill Bradford was among the first to arrive, he's getting bags to help an elderly woman whose property is on the Detroit River.

"The breakwall is holding but the dirt is starting to wash off the property, so we're just trying to support so she doesn't;t lose the whole backyard."

Kendra Dawson is a university student who is staffing the sandbag site.

"It's exciting, I like seeing all the people coming and it's a good cause. So that's nice.  And it's free which is obviously nice, right." 

City manager of Operations, Phong Nguy, says shovels and bags will be available during the hours they're open.

"We will provide the equipment for the residents if they wish to use it but again it's a up to them to use it themselves. the sand pile is always here and we will replenish it as needed.  And they can always come back if needed."  

The sandbag location at the East Division Parks Yard is open weekdays noon to 8 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.

Nguy reminds people to be safety conscious while handling sandbags.  He says they can be as much as 40 pounds when full.