The legislatively created Cypress Creek Drainage Improvement District’s board of directors met for the first time, officially, on Jan. 31 to discuss flood mitigation funding opportunities for Cypress Creek.

What’s happening

On Jan. 31, the CCDID’s board of directors were officially sworn in by Judge Lincoln Goodwin, justice of the peace for Harris County Precinct 4. Afterward, the directors discussed:
  • Options for pursuing funding opportunities for future flood mitigation projects along Cypress Creek
  • Potentially creating the district’s own hazard mitigation plan or endorsing the Harris County Flood Control District’s existing plan
“A condition to pursue [Federal Emergency Management Agency] funding anytime in the future is that you have adopted and are part of what's considered ... a local hazard mitigation plan,” said Alan Black, vice president of Quiddity Engineering LLC.

The board also unanimously voted to engage Black and Andrew Johnson—of Johnson Petrov LLP—to serve as the district’s engineer and attorney, respectively.

Diving in deeper

According to House Bill 5334—authored by state Rep. Sam Harless, R-Spring—which created the CCDID in June, an election must still be held to confirm the creation of the district and its directors prior to Sept. 1, 2027.
The district’s board of directors served as temporary directors after the district was created. The board is made up of:
  • President Calvin B. Cobb
  • Vice President Mark Adam
  • Secretary/Treasurer Clara Lewis
  • Joe Myers
  • Barbara Schlattman
In case you missed it

As previously reported by Community Impact, the district:
  • Encompasses the Cypress Creek and Little Cypress Creek watersheds, excluding the cities of Waller and Prairie View
  • Does not have the powers of eminent domain, to impose a tax or issue bonds under current law
During a series of town halls held throughout October, CCDID officials said they hope to have a comprehensive flood mitigation and funding plan created by 2024 or 2025.

Get involved

CCDID officials encourage Cypress Creek watershed residents to attend the upcoming workshops and help advocate for funding at the local, state and federal level. To provide input or submit questions to the district, residents can email [email protected] or click here.