The Cypress Creek Drainage Improvement District will be hosting its first town hall meetings in October to gather community input on the development of Cypress Creek watershed flood mitigation plans, according to an Aug. 29 news release from the district.

What you need to know

Three meetings will be held from 6-8 p.m. at community centers across the Cypress Creek watershed. The schedule is as follows:
  • Oct. 5: George H.W. Bush Community Center, 6827 Cypresswood Drive, Spring
  • Oct. 11: Timber Lane Community Center, 19333 Haude Road, Spring
  • Oct. 25: Coles Crossing Community Center, 13050 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress
According to the district’s news release, each meeting discussion topics will include:
  • Presentations on preexisting Cypress Creek watershed studies and projects from other entities
  • Information on the Cypress Creek Drainage Improvement District’s formation
  • An overview of the district’s goals
The context

The Cypress Creek watershed—which largely covers unincorporated communities, such as Spring, Klein and Cypress—has a history of flooding. During Hurricane Harvey in 2017, 9,450 homes flooded within the watershed, according to the Harris County Flood Control District.

In case you missed it

A bill proposing the creation of the Cypress Creek Drainage Improvement District was approved during the 88th Texas Legislature. The bill calls for a board of five temporary directors and requires an election to select five permanent directors and confirm the creation of the district prior to Sept. 1, 2027.

As previously reported by Community Impact, the Cypress Creek Flooding Task Force initially proposed the creation of a drainage improvement district in May 2022 to help mitigate flooding in the Cypress Creek watershed.

For more information, the Cypress Creek Drainage Improvement District can be reached via email at [email protected].