What Can I do?
- Educate yourself. Read what Harris County Flood Control is proposing for mitigation for Cypress Creek: https://www.hcfcd.org/media/2883/ddd-2018bondproject-tables-and-maps-2018-08-01-1430.pdf
- The public comment period is now closed as HCFCD juggles the proposals and projects to develop a final proposal for the voters to present to Commissioner’s Court on August 14.
- What do we need on Cypress Creek? Three things: (1) Deepen and widen the Creek. Dr. Bedient of Rice’s Severe Storm Center says Cypress Creek is way over capacity due to urbanization along the Creek. We broke it, lets fix it. (2) Build detention along the Creek. We need to sculpt the shoulders of the Creek to allow more water to stand until it can drain. The Clear Creek project, currently underway by the Army Corps of Engineers and HCFCD, is an excellent example. And, when not flooded, these areas can expand our parks or serve as urban gardens. (3) Build the Third Reservoir. This will capture flood waters that otherwise inundate our neighborhoods. This is not part of the bond proposal.
- VOTE on August 25th at your regular polling location. Don’t know where to vote, click here: http://www.harrisvotes.org
How can I find out what happened? What caused the flooding?
- An excellent study done by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, a group of local academics, funded by local private foundations, published a straight forward report on problems and failings around Harris County. It’s the most in depth report. Read it here: http://www.houstonconsortium.com
- Harris County Flood Control released their own report on Hurricane Harvey flooding. Get a pdf copy of the report here: https://www.hcfcd.org/hurricane-harvey/
How Can I prepare for the next Flood?
- BUY FLOOD INSURANCE! If you think because you didn’t flood during Harvey that you won’t flood, you are 100% WRONG according to the Harris County meteorologist. Due to our tropical rains, gumbo soils and flat topography, ANY place can flood. Go here to learn about flood insurance: https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program
- The average payout by FEMA flood insurance after Harvey was $113,000. For the uninsured, the average financial assistance was between $4,000 and $7,000. You do the math.
- TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN. Do not drive into high water. Ever. A mere two feet of swiftly running water will sweep your car away. Turn around.
- Use the Harris County Flood Warning System. You can directly observe rainfall rates in your area and the status of streams. Check where the flooding actually is in near real time: https://www.harriscountyfws.org/
What do others think about flooding?
- An op-ed by a local home owners’ group in Sunday’s (7/29) Houston Chronicle:
2. An op-ed, the same day as above, by dueling lawyers who have vigorously argued opposite sides of the flooding issue, now argue the same side: