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Wednesday October 19th, 2016

Posted at 2:08pm

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The Town of Tecumseh says they have substantially completed flood debris pick-up for residences impacted by the rain event on September 28th and 29th, 2016, and regular garbage pick-up will resume Thursday, October 20th, 2016.

Residents with restoration work underway by a private company are reminded that their contractors are responsible for removal of debris.

The town says that more than 1 million kilograms (1,000 tonnes) of material was picked up over a week and a half by Windsor Disposal Services, three private contractors, and staff from the Public Works & Environmental Services and Parks & Recreation Departments.

At one point on Thursday, October 13th eight packer trucks, seven waste trucks, four backhoes and 30 workers were out collecting waste. One and a half yard waste days and one garbage day collection were substituted for flood debris pick-up.

The town says that data collected during the rain event shows that approximately 600 million gallons of water was pumped by the Town’s eight pump stations during the storm. That is equivalent to 900 Olympic size pools of water or nine seconds of water over Niagara Falls.

On September 29th, in the span of two hours 110 mm of rain fell, with a total of 195 mm between 3am and 3pm. Prior to this major rain event, the second worst storm in Tecumseh was September 2011 when 89 mm of rain fell in 12 hours.

More than 1,300 people completed the flood survey on the Town’s website. If they have not done so already, residents are encouraged to fill out the survey at www.tecumseh.ca/flood2016.

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs is still taking applications for the Disaster Recovery Assistance program. Residents are encouraged to apply as the Ministry has clarified that the program covers overland flooding, infiltration flooding and sump pump failure—all of which were experienced by residents.

The Town would like to thank Samaritan’s Purse Canada for providing assistance to individuals in need. The group took approximately 140 requests for assistance, had 273 volunteers working, and was able to complete clean-out for 126 residents.

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