February 13, 2017
MDS Ontario Responds to Windsor Flooding 2016
On September 29, thousands of basements were flooded in the Windsor-Essex area after 200 mm of rain fell in a 24 hour period. Many homeowners had no flood insurance or very limited coverage.
Samaritans Purse Canada (SPC) coordinated the initial three week cleanup, with assistance from MDS ON, responding to 150 work orders. MDS made itself available for any further cleanup requests and rebuilding in high need cases.
Local MDS Church Contact Persons (CCPs), Lindy Fazekas from Windsor Mennonite Fellowship and Jim Konrad from the Leamington United Mennonite Church, became the local MDS contact persons, with leadership by Martin Durksen and Nick Hamm of the MDS ON Unit. The Windsor Mennonite Fellowship provided the base for MDS and its tool trailer to assist six homeowners in rebuilding their basements, needed for their families and their life situations.
MDS volunteers responded from the local communities as well as a significant number from the St Jacobs, Elmira and Niagara areas, providing mid-week help, and mostly on Fridays and Saturdays. From late October to mid-December, in total approximately 56 MDS volunteers responded, contributing 110 volunteer days of work, assisting 6 homeowners, as well as providing some additional assistance.
Thank you for your generous support.