Sandbags to stop flood. (Photo courtesy of © CanStockPhoto.com/ChiccoDodiFC)

Sandbag station available for Riverside residents

The City of Windsor has released more details about where and when Riverside residents can pick up sandbags.

The city is making sandbags available to residents living along the north side of Riverside Drive between George Avenue and the Town of Tecumseh border who want to prevent potential overland flooding from Lake St. Clair or the Detroit River. A sandbag station will be open at 9410 Little River Road between noon and 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, starting on Wednesday. The site will also be open on Sundays but there will be no staff to help, or provide sandbags or shovels. The city added the depot will remain in place until May 22, depending on demand.

“This area is facing the potential of flooding due to extremely high water levels along Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River,” the city said.

The city said the sandbag station will have a staff member on hand Monday to Saturday but the filling of the bags will be the responsibility of residents.

Residents will need to show proof of address (mail or billing information showing address) at the sandbag station and must check in with the attendant each time they go.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help at the sandbag station is asked to register online with 311 using the “Call for Volunteers” service request.

City officials said Windsor is not in an emergency but water level monitoring has been increased and will continue for at least the next couple of months.

Updated information and helpful links will be added to the City of Windsor website on the Lake and River Flooding page.