Published On August 31, 2017 | By Cordell Green | Blogs, Country Mornings, Mornings

Here’s what you should do with debris and ruined possessions. And check out more videos of Tuesday’s flooding…

Picture above: A man uses a paddle board to get around Glendale Ave. in east Windsor following widespread flooding, August 29, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Mike Hello)

The City of Windsor says that as of mid-Wednesday afternoon, 311 had received 2,688 basement flooding reports, both online and over the phone. That’s just a few hundred short of what was reported after the flood of 2016, with calls still coming in. Here’s what you should do with debris and ruined possessions…


Wait times at the public drop-off depot on Central Avenue are significant at times, but you CAN leave flood damaged items at the curb to be collected during  special garbage pickups planned for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Collection will begin in the Riverside area. Remember, however, that contracted restoration companies are responsible for removing debris, so make sure they are. They may not be able to get to everything. Anything that remains will be picked up on regular days.

  • Flood damaged materials include mattresses, appliances, rugs (cut and bundled in 4 foot lengths), furniture, and building materials (bundled, bagged or placed in pails). Nails must be removed from all wood and drywall. Appliances must have doors secured shut.
  • Collection crews will not pick up loose material. All loose items must be placed at the curb in garbage bags weighing no more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds). Bags should not be stacked but rather placed side by side. The hard-sided garbage container by-law will be waived for this special collection only.
  • Household chemical waste, paint cans, and other chemicals are not to be placed at the curb. Please visit the Household Chemical Waste Depot for proper disposal of those items.
  • Please have items at the curb (not in the alley) by 6:00 a.m. on the scheduled pick up days for flood related materials. Normal residential garbage pick-up continues in addition to pre-scheduled flood service pick-ups.
  • 311’s hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. BE SURE TO REPORT FLOODING so they know what areas need to be improved.


The Town of Tecumseh says that WDS will pick-up flood debris from residential homes that is not from restoration company work. They ask that drywall debris be placed in clear bags, that you tie carpet into light/manageable rolls, and stack any destroyed flooring/trim. All waste must be at the curb, not up on lawns or driveways.


U-Haul Moving & Storage locations in Windsor and Tecumseh are offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container usage to residents in and around Windsor who have been or will be impacted by flooding. Contact the nearest participating location to learn more:

  • U-Haul Moving & Storage of Forest Glade, 9082 Tecumseh Road, 226-315-1708
  • U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Walkerville, 1508 Walker Road, 519-216-0546
  • U-Haul Moving & Storage of South Windsor, 5025 Walker Road, 519-737-1391
  • U-Haul Moving & Storage of Windsor, 2890 Dougall Avenue, 519-966-3880


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