At the Regular Meeting of Council on May 14, the Essex Region Conservation Authority advised Tecumseh Town Council that recent heavy rainfall within the Great Lakes Basin and increased snow and ice levels on Lake Superior this winter have impacted the Great Lakes watershed.

Environment Canada projects water levels in Lake St. Clair to be close to, if not greater than, the high water levels experienced in 1986 during which time significant portions of Tecumseh experienced lake flooding. Lake St. Clair water levels are currently sitting slightly above the 1986 May levels and are expected to continue to rise to their peak level which typically occurs in July/August.

The Town of Tecumseh is providing 100 sandbags at no cost to properties on the Lake St. Clair/Pike Creek shorelines. Sandbags may be picked up at Town Hall beginning Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Public Works window. Photo identification showing proof of address must be provided to collect the sandbags. Additional bags can be purchased at hardware stores or online.

Sand is available in the Lakewood Park South parking lot, please bring your own shovels to fill the bags yourself. Sandbags not provided by the Town may be filled at this location as well.

The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers has excellent information on how to build a sandbag wall properly.