Tecumseh Plans Special Flood Debris Pick-Up

Saturday July 17th, 2021

Posted at 7:36pm

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The Town of Tecumseh is planning a special flood debris pick-up after the area received 90mm of rain over a 27-hour period. Approximately 71mm fell over a six-hour period from 10:00am to 4:00pm which resulted in surface ponding in low lying areas, roadways and private properties at various locations throughout the Town. At the peak of the storm it registered just shy of a 1:50 Year Storm Event.

The town says that all storm and sanitary pumps and pumping stations were operating as intended with staff members from Public Works and the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) being on-site ensuring pumps were working.

The Town received over 150 calls and emails regarding the rain event to date and officials are looking to gather further information from those property owners who may have experienced basement flooding by asking them to complete a survey on the Town’s website www.tecumseh.ca/basementflood.

“This was a significant rainfall event with high volumes that fell in a short period of time,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor. “Storm systems are normally designed to accommodate a 1:2 or a 1:5-year storm event, depending on the infrastructure. Once the rainfall event has exceeded the system design it is anticipated to experience road and parking lot flooding until such time that the drains, sewers and pump stations can catch up.”

The Town has arranged for temporary changes to the normal Waste Collection by scheduling a special flood debris pick-up for Monday July 19th, 2021 for those residences impacted by the rain event and temporary changes to the Town’s Waste Collection to accept bags of waste in addition to the hard-sided containers on the regularly scheduled collection date of Thursday July 22nd, 2021.

“We have heard from a number of residents requesting assistance from the Town with the disposal of flood debris,” said McNamara. “We reached out to Green For Life (GFL) and scheduled the additional service that will help alleviate some of the impact on residents during this time.”

The Town is requesting that any flood debris be placed in hard sided containers or garbage bags if possible to assist with its safe collection and handing. The bags must be tied at the top, be less than 50 pounds (27 kilograms), be placed next to the hard sided container not on top, and not contain sharp objects, paint batteries or other hazardous waste. Existing hard sided containers must meet weight restrictions as outlined in the Town’s Collection Calendar. GFL will not collect containers that are outside the size/weight limits as directed.

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