In early July, the Harris County Flood Control District began construction on its third set of repair sites on tributaries in the Cypress Creek watershed, according to a July 22 construction advisory.

According to the advisory, the Batch 3 scope of work for 12 sites on 11 channel sections includes some or all of the following: removal of silt, placement of buried riprap —rocks designed to protect from erosion, erosion repair, outfall pipe removal and replacement, manhole replacements, excavation and off-site disposal, debris removal, encroachment removal and site restoration. The project also includes outfall repairs at on existing stormwater detention basin.

"Overall, the project is intended to provide major maintenance along Cypress Creek and its tributaries to restore channel conveyance and capacity across the watershed," the advisory reads. "This work will not widen or deepen the channels but will return them to their designed condition and capacity so that they can convey stormwater more efficiently."

According to the advisory, Batch 3 is being carried out by contractor Lecon Inc., and the construction contract duration is 688 days. The nearly $13.8 million project is is being funded through the district's $2.5 billion flood bond approved by voters in August 2018.

According to the advisory, multiple crews will be working on various project sites simultaneously, though the timeframe for when crews will be working at each site in Batch 3 has not yet been determined. Additional communication may be sent to affected areas prior to construction.

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, Batch 1 and 2 are currently under construction on other channels in the Cypress Creek watershed.

Community engagement meeting

Additionally, HCFCD will host a virtual community engagement meeting for the Major Maintenance on Cypress Creek and Tributaries Project on Aug. 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m..

According to a July 21 news release, the meeting will begin with a brief presentation to share project updates followed by a moderated Q&A session with HCFCD team members. Residents will be able to submit questions and comments before, during and after the meeting and throughout the comment period. Per the release, any comments not addressed during the Q&A session will receive a response at the conclusion of the public comment period.

To join the virtual meeting online, click here. To join the virtual meeting via phone, call 855-925-2801 and use the meeting code 5830. For those who are unable to attend the meeting live, a recorded version will be available on HCFCD's YouTube channel after the event.

For more information about HCFCD's work in the Cypress Creek watershed, click here.