Town of Amherstburg sign. Photo courtesy amherstburg.ca.

Amherstburg, Leamington & Essex are offering sandbags to residents

Amherstburg, Leamington and Essex are the latest municipalities in Essex County to offer some of its residents sandbags to hold off flooding.

Residents living along the Detroit River from County Road 41 to Malden Road and those living in the South Riverview area will be allowed to pick them up at no charge.

They will be available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at two locations: the Public Works Department at 512 Sandwich St. On Saturdays, at the Public Works South yard at 6744 Concession 6 South from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sand is also available at the Public Works South yard.

Residents will need to bring proof of residence and a shovel. Full sandbags weigh about 40 pounds each so make sure your vehicle can carry a load of bags safely.

Both Windsor and Lakeshore have offered sand and sandbags to residents living in areas at risk of flooding.

Leamington is also making sandbags available for free to its residents beginning Friday.

Residents can pick them up at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex by showing proof of Leamington residency.

A sandbag filling station and free sand is available at 435 Bevel Line Road (Bayview Dog Park).

Residents must bring their own shovels.

The Town of Essex is also providing sandbags to residents.

Residents looking to protect their property from overland flooding will be able to pick up free sandbags in Colchester starting Friday.

Town officials said up to 100 sandbags are available at Colchester Harbour and at Colchester Schoolhouse, 195 Bagot St. from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Shovels are not provided.

Government identification or a property tax bill is required to confirm residency.

Tecumseh and Kingsville have not announced if they will make sandbags available to their residents.