In recent years, Tecumseh experienced catastrophic storms that caused significant flood damage to local residences and businesses.
Funding to reduce the impact of severe storms and flooding in the town has been announced by Irek Kusmierczyk, member of parliament for Windsor−Tecumseh, and Gary McNamara, mayor for the Town of Tecumseh.
“On my very first day as MP for Windsor-Tecumseh, I met with Mayor McNamara to discuss key priorities for the Town of Tecumseh,” said Kusmierczyk. “With severe weather events on the rise, funding from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund was outlined as a critical need.”
“I am proud of the terrific collaboration between our federal government and the Town to deliver this important investment for the residents of Tecumseh,” added Kusmierczyk. “Once complete, the Tecumseh flood resiliency project will protect residences and businesses from the severe effects of flooding.”
The Government of Canada is investing $10.7-million in this project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). This is the single largest federal investment in Tecumseh’s history. The Town is also contributing more than $16-million to complete the project.
“My Council colleagues and I have heard from residents that more needs to be done to protect them from flooding and flood mitigation is a vital priority for our Council,” said McNamara. “This funding will assist in building our town’s resiliency and keeping our community and its residents safe.”
The work involves the construction of and improvements to four infrastructure assets:
- Decommissioning of the St. Mark’s Pump Station.
- Construction of a new consolidated Scully and St. Mark’s Pump Station.
- Improvements to the PJ Cecile Pump Station.
- Improvements to the storm sewers at two locations to move storm water runoff to the consolidated Scully and St. Mark’s pump station.
“Flooding continues to be the most frequent and costly natural disaster in Canada,” said Bill Blair, minister of public safety and emergency preparedness. “By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is helping communities, like the Town of Tecumseh, increase their resiliency. The DMAF helps protect Canadians by reducing the risk of climate change and the long-term costs associated with replacing infrastructure following natural disasters.”