Windsor overwhelmed with applications for anti-flooding subsidy
Residents still looking for help two months after flooding damaged thousands of homes in Windsor and Tecumseh
The city has been swamped with applications from residents looking to prevent basement flooding ever since a severe storm hit the region two months ago, causing widespread damage in Windsor and Tecumseh.
More than 700 residents have applied for Windsor's basement flooding subsidy program, which covers the bulk of the cost for devices like sump pumps and backwater valves.
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That figure is nearly half the 1,800 applications the city received since 2011 when the program launched, explained Coun. Irek Kusmierczyk.
Residents have been waiting for weeks to get their applications approved and the backlog could get worse.
"For a lot of residents the nightmare continues," he said. "This is dragging on for a lot of folks because they can't complete some of their basement renovations and repairs because they're waiting to get that backwater valve installed in their homes."
The massive jump in applications has created a backlog in the city's building department because inspectors have to do site visits before approving any subsidy.
The city still has about 300 applications to evaluate. Inspectors can handle about 10 applications a week, which means residents could be waiting up to 30 weeks for an inspection, Kusmierczyk explained.