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How Can the Town Help?

If you are expereincing, or suspect a problem withyour sanitary or storm Private drain Connection (PDC) you  may contact the Town for assistance identifying the cause.  Locate your PDC cover typically found in your front yard at the property line, and the Town will dispatch a crew to camera inspect your connection(s).  There is a $113.00 fee for this service.  Any repair costs to pipes on your property, including any exploratory digging required to determine cause, will be paid by the home owner.

Below are links providing further information on flooding and how the homeowner can reduce or eliminate occurances.

Click here for updated Flood Questions

Basement Flooding Information for Residents

Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding

Backflow Preventer


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Disaster Assistance through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing investigated the region affected by the 2017 storm event for potential Ministry assistance and has declared assistance will be available to Lakeshore residents.  Residents have until January 5, 2018 to apply.
Details on the program and guidelines are on the Ministry's Website.
 Application for Essex County Disaster Assistance is here.

Flood Water

Why do I see water accumulate on some roads during heavy rain events?

Certain systems use large stormwater ponds to retain excessive volumes during extreme peak events. Other locations where stormwater pond sizes are limited, the roadway functions as the storage area. Both types of systems are standard practices and acceptable designs. Residents may be concerned that they see water coming up their driveway but this is not a problem. In some cases, water could accumulated up to a foot based on the severity of the rain event. The waters will subside as the event passes and the outlets clear. If conditions dictate for safety purposes, consideration will be given to temporarily closing roads.
Homes are built with multiple barriers to prevent water from entering them. The home’s sanitary drain should be equipped with a functioning backwater valve in the event the Town’s sanitary sewer system is temporarily surcharged. Any rainwater that lands on a home should be directed away by overland grading. Any stormwater that eventually seeps down into the footing system would be discharged through the sump pump. Sump pits that are inundated with water quickly during a rain eventcould be a sign of a problem with the home’s private internal/external plumbing system and should be addressed by the homeowner immediately.

The backwater valve connects to the sanitary sewer line.  Check valves (a type of backflow preventer) can be installed on sump pumps and floor drains to prevent backflow in these areas. 

Flooding Resources

Lakeshore is covered by 2 Conservation Agencies: 

Visit or contact the Conservation Authority for your area for Flooding notices and details on the watersheds in your area.
Date edited: 09/21/2017