A week after approximately 195 mm (7.74 inches) of rain fell on the Town of Tecumseh and the surrounding area, recovery has been moving forward.
“I always say the people of Tecumseh are fantastic and this is true this week,” said Mayor Gary McNamara. “What this Town has been through is unprecedented. No Mayor likes to see their municipality in crisis; however I’m proud of how the people of our Town have responded. I want to thank everyone for their efforts.”
The Town has logged more than 1,200 flood survey responses and more than 300 calls or visits have been made to Town Hall. Staff members have responded and assisted where possible.
The Town has also worked with Windsor Disposal Services (WDS) for additional pick-ups of flood debris. Yard waste collection was partially suspended Monday and three trucks added on Tuesday. More than 190 tonnes (190,000 kg) of waste was collected. At one point, it took three hours to complete one street. Regular pick-up will occur Thursday with yard waste collection replaced with flood debris pick-up on Thanksgiving Day.
“I acknowledge the efforts of Town staff and contractors for their emergency response,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Tony Haddad. “Crises like these demonstrate how well people respond and our employees—particularly front line staff—has responded admirably. They have been helping residents while keeping up with their day-to-day responsibilities. In many cases they too have experienced damage to their residences but continue to provide excellent customer service.”
Applications for the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs Disaster Recovery Assistance Program have been posted on the Tecumseh website. Applicants are urged to contact 1-844-780-8925 for assistance with completing their application.
Samaritan’s Purse Canada, a Christian relief and development organization, has sent its Disaster Relief Unit tractor trailer to the area to provide free support to those affected by the flooding. Anyone in need of assistance or wishing to volunteer can call 1-866-628-6565. Businesses who wish to donate may also call this number.
If they have not done so already, residents are encouraged to fill out the Town’s flood survey at www.tecumseh.ca/flood2016
. Businesses that have questions about business loss should contact the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation’s Ombudsman at 519-255-9200 ext 2222.
Lesley Racicot, Manager Strategic Initiatives
519-735-2184 Ext. 150