Tecumseh’s Stormwater System Did Not Fail: Officials

Friday September 30th, 2016

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The Town of Tecumseh has released more information on Thursday’s flooding and officials say the stormwater system did not fail.

Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara said the average monthly rainfall for September is approximately 89 mm, but Tecumseh received in excess of 190 mm of rainfall within 15 hours over Wednesday and Thursday. More than an average month of rain fell in less than five hours.

McNamara said the stormwater system did not fail, but in fact was overwhelmed with the amount of water coming in during such a short period of time.

He said every pump was operating at maximum capacity throughout the storm with no malfunctions.

Crews at each of the pump stations monitored all systems to ensure they remained online while other staff worked outside the stations to ensure grates and intake valves were clear of debris.

Tecumseh Fire and OPP responded to 30 calls from stranded motorists, 40 calls for flooded basements, and other calls regarding drivers speeding down streets and pushing water up onto properties.

Over 100 licence plates were recovered from cars going through water too quickly.

Town officials are asking residents who experienced flooding to complete a flood survey online at www.tecumseh.ca/flood2016. Over 500 submissions have been made through the website already.

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