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Cypress Creek Watershed Meeting

May 13, 2019
Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium releases two reports and hosts May 14 Symposium

Cypress Creek Watershed Analysis of Flooding & Storage Options

Addressing flooding in the Cypress Creek watershed will require a combination of concepts along the entirety of Cypress Creek to fully mitigate the issues experienced in this area, according to a new report by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium

Cypress Creek is one of the most flood-prone watersheds in the Houston region, with significant damages in multiple storms and no easy way to address this repeated flooding. A “third reservoir” in the upper Cypress Creek watershed will not reduce flooding in the populated lower watershed, but buyouts, channel improvements, land preservation, and regional detention can help. Read the report and news release.

The Flood Next Time: What we can do now

This report presents ideas for locating homes and businesses away from flood-prone areas, removing people from harm’s way when a storm arrives, and returning people to normalcy as quickly as possible after a storm. Read the report and news release.

Symposium – May 14

The Consortium will hold a public event presenting the findings from these reports, as well as its 2019 body of work. The event is free and open to the public; registration is encouraged. Register at

The BRC is centrally located in the Medical Center with convenient access via the METRORail Red Line via METRO routes 56 and 84 and to underground parking.



The Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium includes the Greater Houston area’s leading researchers focused on landscape-scale and neighborhood-level flood mitigation strategies that are feasible and have high potential for impact. Huitt-Zollars, a planning, engineering, and architectural firm, manages the consortium. The consortium is funded with support from Houston Endowment, Kinder Foundation, and the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation with additional support from the Walton Family FoundationCullen Foundation, and Harte Charitable Foundation.

Consortium members include

Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban ResearchRice University Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center ● Texas A&M University College of ArchitectureTexas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico ● Texas A&M University-Galveston, Center for Texas Beaches & Shores ● Texas Southern University, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs ● Texas State University, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment ● University of Houston Hines College of Architecture, Community Design Resource Center ● The University of Texas Energy InstituteHouston Advanced Research CenterLocal Initiatives Support Corporation-Houston

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