Cypress Creek group to host seminar on flooding
A coalition is seeking to help educate the public about potential flood risks to homes, businesses and residents’ lives during heavy rainfall in the future.
The Cypress Creek Association - Stop the Flooding will host a seminar on Wednesday, August 15 to provide presentations from different agencies about the causes of flooding and how to mitigate damage.
Spokesman Paul Eschenfeld said that the event would focus on Cypress Creek, the invited speakers would talk about flood issues that impact all of Harris County.
While many residents had never experienced flooding before, high water from Hurricane Harvey caused a lot of destruction along the creek.
“About $135 million worth of losses and over 10,000 homes and businesses flooded. We had a huge amount of damage. Most people don’t know how that came about or why that came about,” he said.
Originally a rural watershed, Cypress Creek became urbanized over the years and gone over capacity.
Without the ability to drain into a field, a lot of the water flows into the creek, which causes faster flooding.
“You have essentially a rural creek trying to do an urban drainage job. It’s just impossible,” Eschenfeld said.
The seminar will feature presentations from experts in meteorology, flood control, geology and a grassroots organization.
While the event will also feature Todd Litton and Dan Crenshaw, who are both running to replace U.S. Rep. Ted Poe in Congress, the meeting will not be political, Eschenfeld said.
“The more people know what’s going and why it’s going on, how it’s going on, the better off we’ll be because that will hopefully drive our government servants in the right direction,” he said.
The seminar will be hosted from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15 at the John Wesley United Methodist Church at 5830 Bermuda Dunes Dr., Houston, TX 77069. It will be free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.cycreekstoptheflooding.com.