With the worst of the flooding over, residents in the southwestern communities of Windsor and Tecumseh, Ont.,  continue to pump water out of their basements, while finally assessing the extent of the damage.

Record rainfalls drenched both communities this week, flooding what is anticipated to be thousands of homes, according to municipal officials.

The rain came so hard and fast, mayors in Windsor and Tecumseh declared a state of an emergency in order to get assistance from the provincial government.

While the communities wait to find out what assistance is available, homeowners were still reeling from the destruction.

Windsor Flood

Safety experts suggest residents wear boots when exploring flooded basements. (Jason Viau/CBC)

“The [crews] are still draining and ripping up all the floor,” said Kim Ryan, who lives in an east-end suburb of Windsor. “Today’s the worst when you actually see the destruction. Today’s a devastating day.”

In the last couple days, hardware stores were barely able to keep up with the demand for sump pumps and ventilators. Several stores in Windsor have put many of the items on emergency order just to get supply in soon enough. 

Restoration crews were also feeling pressure. Paul Davis restoration company has been slammed with calls from homeowners since the flooding began on Thursday.

Worker Jordan Durocher hauled out armfuls of soggy wood from a home on Cobblestone Crescent in Windsor Saturday morning.

He and about 40 crews were in some of the hardest hit areas in Windsor and Tecumseh, trying to keep up with demand.

“We have about 1,000 calls that have come in,” he said. “I’ve been there for a couple of years and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Windsor Flood

One cleanup crew used a large squeegee to pull excess water off the front lawn of an east Windsor home, Saturday morning. (Derek Spalding/CBC)

Many basements have been completely destroyed, Durocher explained. He describes seeing full living room cabinets floating in about a metre of water.

“People’s sewers can’t keep up and sump pumps are burning out,” he said. “People are just seeing ridiculous amounts of flooding in their basements.

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