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Communities in southwestern Ontario beginning to dry up after floods


October 3, 2016   by The Canadian Press


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WINDSOR, Ont. – Days after floods ripped through the southwestern Ontario city of Windsor and the neighbouring town of Tecumseh, residents are starting to pick up the pieces.

Environment Canada said rain was pouring down in the communities from Wednesday night through Friday, and the mayors of both cities declared states of emergency.

The rain has since cleared up, but the consequences are lasting.

Onorio Colucci, Windsor’s chief administrative officer, said that his city got nearly 2,000 calls from residents reporting flooded basements and Tecumseh got about the same.

He says many people have insurance, but those who don’t may be left paying for repairs out of pocket.

But he says that if provincial officials label the communities a “disaster zone”, they may be eligible for provincial grants.

Colucci also says the city is working on mobilizing teams of volunteers to help people clean out their wrecked basements.