Buildings on Cypresswood Drive that flooded during Hurricane Harvey are beginning to reopen, with further progress expected by the end of the summer.
The Barbara Bush Branch Library at 6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, reopened last month with a renovated first floor and improvements throughout the building. The neighboring Cypresswood Drive county annex building at 6831 Cypresswood Drive also took on several feet of water, requiring the Harris County Precinct 4 constable, sheriff and courthouse offices to temporarily relocate during repairs.
The office for justice of the peace, Precinct 4, Place 1, reopened this week for limited business, and hearings are likely to return to the building next month, said Judge Lincoln Goodwin. Work on the courtroom was nearly completed this week. Residents can also now handle more of their business with the courthouse online, he said.
"We've expanded our ability to do things online; people can take care of citations or warrants online and not have to come down," Goodwin said.
The courthouse also is open for weddings, he said.
"One of the good things that helped me feel normal was I did my first wedding today; that’s the fun part of the job I get to do," Goodwin said Thursday.
In the constable’s office, the new dispatch center was completed, Constable Mark Herman said. The center includes new consoles and also provides the operators with built-in heaters and fans to ensure a more comfortable work environment, Herman said.
The center also added eight 55-inch monitors to create two video walls with current news reports, live traffic camera feeds and other information, he said.
Work is still ongoing in the District 1 sheriff’s office, and the tax assessor/collector’s office will not return to the building, Goodwin said. A new location for the office has not yet been determined, he said.
The tax assessor/collector’s office offers services, such as car registration and title renewal.
The annex building, which was built in the late 1970s and added onto in subsequent decades, cannot accommodate the number of people now living in the area who needed its services, Goodwin said. Lines of people waiting for service stretched outside and around the building, resulting in safety concerns during hot and wet weather, he said.
At the Barbara Bush Branch Library, most services and activities have resumed, branch librarian Clara Maynard said. A schedule of events can be viewed here. The library bookstore is also open, where patrons can support the library's future book purchases by buying donated books.
The library is also accommodating some activities normally located at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts next door. The museum has announced it hopes to reopen in August.