Over the last 7 years, the City of Windsor has had an increasing number of intense rainfall events leading to a greater number of basements being flooded. In September 2016, more than 1,700 homes in Windsor, Tecumseh, and Lakeshore were damaged due to intense rainstorms. Similarly, in August 2017, over 6,000 basements were flooded as a result of extreme rainfall. The City of Windsor is trying to reduce these risks in several ways, including infrastructure improvements, however individual actions at the household level are required to also help mitigate the issue. In September 2017, the Windsor’s City Council approved a 100% subsidy program for homeowners to install up to $2,800 worth of flood prevention devices in their households. However, many homeowners are not aware of the various actions and tools available to flood proof their homes.
Situated in the City of Windsor, this case study describes the creation of a pilot demonstration house and media campaign to educate residents on available lot-level resiliency actions to flood-proof homes. Windsor has experienced an increased number of intense rainfall events due to climate change, resulting in a greater number of basements being flooded. The pilot house is intended to feature numerous flood resiliency improvements that will be featured as part of a larger basement flooding education campaign. The campaign aimed to include a series of YouTube videos documenting the installation and purpose of the flood proofing measures. Though the house was not open to the public by the time of this study’s publication, public awareness had already been increased due to media attention. This case study was authored by ICLEI Canada in 2018 and the project itself involved significant collaboration among various City departments.