Tecumseh Reminding Residents About Risk Of Flooding

Tuesday October 8th, 2019

Posted at 9:29pm

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The Town of Tecumseh continues to remind residents in areas of concern that lake flooding is still a risk this fall and has sent out postcards to residents living within the flood impact zone to remind them to prepare for potential evacuation.

The Essex Region Conservation Authority has extended their flood warning to October 15th due to current lake conditions and potential for wind.

“We know there are a number of elderly and limited mobility individuals that live in Town who may not be able to evacuate on their own,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We want them to reach out to us so we can assist in the event of an evacuation to ensure all our residents are safe. The postcards provide details on how to register for assistance as well as information on how to register for Emergency Alerts and prepare for evacuation.”

Full details on potential lake flooding as well as the Town’s response is available on the Town website at www.tecumseh.ca/lakeflooding.

Tecumseh convened a Flood Response Team earlier this year following a presentation from ERCA at Council regarding increased lake levels this year. Since their first meeting on July 25th, the team has put together flood impact maps, developed evacuation plans, coordinated an evacuation centre with the Red Cross, and continued to provide updates to the public on potential impacts in Town.

Lake St. Clair is currently sitting 24 cm higher than this time last year and is 76 cm above the long-term average for September. Sustained winds above 30-40 km per hour for five hours or more along the shoreline will create an elevated risk of flooding due to waves. The Town has been working to protect infrastructure like low lying shoreline areas, roads and pump stations along Lake St. Clair and Pike Creek and has provided sandbags to residents.

Postcards are being distributed predominantly in Wards 1, 2 and 3 where surveys and mapping have indicated flooding from the lake and sewer surcharging may occur depending on wind direct and speed, rainfall and water that may breach the shoreline. Elderly or limited mobility residents who need assistance in an evacuation scenario are encouraged to call Town Hall at 519-735-2184 Ext. 109 or Ext. 101 to register for evacuation assistance.

 

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