VIDEO: Tecumseh Urging Residents to Prepare for More Flooding


Tecumseh mayor Gary McNamara is calling on residents to prepare for the worst when it comes to flooding.

The town's Flood Control Group met Tuesday to discuss high lake levels and the potential for more inland flooding.

The Essex Region Conservation Authority has extended its Flood Watch to the end of September and is reporting Lake St. Clair is now sitting seven inches above the previous record high in 1986.

McNamara says it's time for action.

"It's a lot easier to be prepared leading to, maybe, an event than to try to scramble. Take advantage of all of the opportunities that are there before you right now. The sandbags, sump pumps, make sure that everything is running accordingly."

He says residents should have a plan in place.

"Floods kits for example. If they have to leave their home, are you ready to do that? Are you ready to be away from your residence for up to a week? It's creating an awareness not to take for granted."


Tecumseh mayor Gary McNamara speaking with reporters after a council meeting on June 24, 2019 (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)

McNamara says Tecumseh is pooling resources with all local municipalities as well.

"Basically, what do you have we haven't got? And what can you use that we have? It's getting all of our ducks in a row. It's relaying what our assets are so that we're not in a panic mode."

ERCA is also hosting high water level open houses next week across Essex County to provide more information to residents on how to best prepare for a flooding emergency.

Those meetings will be held at the following locations:

Monday, August 12 - 7:15pm to 8:30pm at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore

Tuesday, August 13 - 6:30pm to 8pm at the WFCU Centre's Collavino Hall in Windsor

Wednesday, August 14 - 6:30pm to 8pm at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle

Thursday, August 15 - 6:30pm to 8pm at Lakeside Park in Kingsville

— with files from AM800's Kristylee Varley