Tecumseh Warns The Town Will Flood

Tuesday August 6th, 2019

Posted at 8:22pm

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The Town of Tecumseh is letting its residents know they need to start planning for flooding.

The Essex Region Conservation Authority reports that Lake St. Clair is now sitting seven inches above the previous high in 1986. Water levels have already breached shorelines in Leamington, Kingsville, Amherstburg, LaSalle, Lakeshore and Windsor.

“Tecumseh will flood with these lake levels, it happened in 1986 when the last record was set and we are now above that. Residents and business owners need to prepare themselves,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Our neighbour municipalities have experienced it and it seems inevitable for Tecumseh. I am telling everyone, get your property set, get an evacuation kit put together and make sure we have your contact information in our notification system.”

The town has been working to shore up low-lying areas along Riverside Drive and protect all Town pump stations. With the height of the lake levels, any north/north-east wind or heavy rain event will result in the lake breaching the shoreline and flooding into Town.

Residents are encouraged to take appropriate steps to protect not only their property, but also themselves and their families. We also encourage family members of vulnerable persons living in Town (seniors/elderly, persons with limited mobility) to assist these individuals with emergency planning. Assisted living residences in Town have their own emergency plans in place and have been in direct communications with Town emergency personnel.

ERCA is hosting several High Water Information Sessions in Windsor and Essex County beginning next week. The first session will be attended by members of Tecumseh’s Public Works and Environmental Services Department on Monday, August 12th, 2019 at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore from 7:15pm to 8:30pm.

Tecumseh residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the high water levels, what has caused the serious issues this summer and how they can protect themselves.

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