Surviving “two storms of the century in a year” has earned Windsor-Essex a spot on Environment Canada’s list of the Top 10 Weather Stories for 2017.
The region was ranked fifth on the annual list released Thursday morning for record-breaking rains on August 29 that caused wide-spread flooding and financial losses across the region.
More than 6,000 homes were swamped in Windsor alone, while hundreds of basements in Lakeshore, Tecumseh and LaSalle were also hit.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs activated disaster relief once the flood waters receded, but months later many residents are still waiting for their lives to return to normal.
“This year was all about extremes: too dry, too hot, too wet, too cold, and too mild,” stated a media release accompanying the list and describing the “extreme weather events” as demonstrating the effects of climate change.
Here’s the complete list of Canada’s Top 10 Weather Stories for 2017:
- British Columbia’s longest and most destructive wildfire season
- Dry and hot in the West
- Spring flooding in Quebec and Ontario
- British Columbia’s cold and snowy winter
- Another Windsor flood: two storms of the century in a year
- Central Canada’s missing summer
- A new storm of the century
- Summer in September
- Newfoundland’s Brier blast
- New Brunswick’s glaze storm
“Devastating forest fires, more frequent floods, heavy rains, ice storms, temperature changes, and some of the most powerful hurricanes in history are examples of how our climate is changing and affecting people in Canada,” according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Second storm in a year
The top five finish marks the second consecutive year flooding has landed Windsor on the list.
A record-breaking downpour that doused Windsor and Tecumseh in September 2016 and led to more than $100 million in insurance claims earned the number 10 spot last year.