Special thank you to Kathi Valenti for pictures, morale, and web expertise.
What is happening along Cypress Creek in Precinct 3? We are the biggest, fastest growing area, and we are not getting flood
prevention projects to help the area.
People in Precinct 4 should be aware as most of that water heads their way.
Little Cypress Creek recently added 9 detention ponds, and targeted 33,000 acres according to the Houston Chronicle Sept. 2016. We need land purchased, and basins dredged around Hockley, Fieldstore, etc. where flat, treeless, undeveloped land exists.
(Chronicle Sept. 2016 - I think)
FEMA numbers through Feb. 6, 2018 for the city of Houston:
$2.8 BILLION paid to survivors
FEMA numbers through Feb 2, 2018 for Harris County:
$4.9 BILLION paid to survivors
Think what could have been done to PREVENT flooding with
(from local Channel 2)
Houstonians are such resilient people. They go with the flow (no pun intended), but our chances of getting REAL flood prevention decrease with time. People want to forget, deny, and rebuild. But LOW-LYING LAND in Waller, Hockley, Bridgeland, etc. is being developed. Harris County should have taken bold action 75 years ago. How long are we going to keep saying that? Use the undeveloped land to absorb and hold water. We must PRESSURE THEM to implement solutions NOW!
PERCENT of Mayor Turner's campaign contributions from developers, engineers, builders, and real estate
SUPPORT POLITICIANS THAT WILL HELP CYPRESS CREEK -WE NEED ACTION-NOT GOOD HEADLINES AND TALKING POINTS!
Donations-anything appreciated) gladly accepted. When I started this crusade in 2016, I did not know it turn into a regular job, but with no pay, but I continue because I don't want my community devastated again and again without government action. E-mail for information (contact button at the top of the page). We are a one-income family with teenagers, and it gets harder by the day.
SIGN THE PAGE 1 FORMS! SPREAD, SHARE, SCREAM, and RANT to FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND EVERYONE ELSE BECAUSE FLOOD PREVENTION CAN SAVE LIVES, PROPERTY, AND YOUR MIND.
George P. Bush (Texas Land Commissioner) is NOT helping rebuild Houston, and did nothing for prevention. VOTE him OUT!
Governor Abbott is ignoring Harris County though our taxes contribute about 25% total Texas tax funds. VOTE! He is "saving" half of the money until Harvey's Birthday! WHY? We need it now!
NONE OF THE FEDERAL or LOCAL MONEY WILL BE SPENT ON CYPRESS CREEK. (4 other watersheds)
GOVERNOR ABBOTT IS SAVING THE RAINY DAY FUND FOR A RAINIER DAY! What? And waiting until one year after Harvey to release $500,000. WHY?
SIGN THE 5 FORMS on page 1 and 2 if you care AND share!!!!
LOCAL: The Addicks area has powerful group of paid representatives to get funding. Our area does not. YOU MUST help! Commissioner Radack's number is 713-755-6306. County commissioners promised Channel K163 restoration Oct. 2016. On the plan for 2018, but needs to be done NOW. Local leadership keeps talking about the third reservoir (unicorn) to make us feel better. NO PLANS, just more studies. HOW ABOUT DOING WHAT THE LAST 3 STUDIES recommended?
WHAT POOL COMPANY OWNER WOULD LAY off his main worker (who trained his son) when Harvey was in the Gulf, then try to deny his unemployment benefits knowing he is sole provider? And he won't return his personal property. That's what happened to my husband.... THE COMPANY NAME - FIRST WORD is another word for SHINY. E-mail for more info... Despicable... BTW, we won the appeal after he admitted the truth.
AP NEWS May 18 2018
Cathy Larson's Blog April 6, 2018
Why is Stephen Costello the Harris County "flood czar" when he thought it was a good idea to build in the dam reservoir flood pools?
The county NEEDS legislation so criminal action can be taken against those in noncompliance of floodplain regulations. Over 300 violations occurred in one year, and the city lacks resources to follow up. Once a builder passes inspection, NO RECORD is kept of the detention required to enable ongoing oversight. (I believe that was from the Houston Chronicle Dec 2016)
* These pages include my opinions along with data from The Houston Chronicle, Houston Channel 2, The Community Impact newspaper, AP, and other sources. I will add and update info as often as possible. I am just beginning. Positive changes will come about much faster if people pay attention to the facts, and demand change.
I have 2 letters from Michael McCaul, District 10, from 2016 and Jan. 2017 which says my flooding concerns are a local government matter, etc.. Our water ends up by the refineries which lead the world in petro manufacturing. That should be a concern for the U.S.
OTHER CYPRESS-AREA GROUPS FOR FLOOD PREVENTION ONLY MENTION CONVEYANCE.
(Meaning digging the ditches, channels, etc..) While basic drainage maintenance is needed in some areas, this will NOT solve flooding issues. Every time you have a rain event, the dredging must be repeated EVERYWHERE!
DREDGE LARGE BASINS NORTH AND WEST OF the Grand Pkwy. (99). Flat land exists there now! We need areas to hold water as development and stronger storms have increased water runoff.
Harris County is STILL developing land by/at the creek increasing runoff, erosion, and forcing water runoff onto other areas which were previously safe.
The new $20 million park in Hockley could have been designed to hold water, but instead it has a large pond and lots of concrete. It should have a huge detention basin with baseball or soccer fields at the bottom.
Perception seems to be more important than reality today. When officials say what we want to hear, many people believe it because they want to. But we must read and research to make sure that is what is really happening.
PERCENT OF Judge Emmett's campaign contributions from developers, engineers, builders, and real estate interest:
The Clean Air Act has averted more than 230,000 preventable deaths, 16 million lost days of work and school, and saved the U.S. about 30 times as much as it costs for industry to comply. Our government has recently decided that clean air is not important. I enjoy fresh air, and it adds many years to your life.
Stop the Madness! A Texas 2003 study says developing an acre of trees, and paving it doubles the stormwater runoff. Let's stop sabotaging people (would anyone knowingly buy a house they know will flood and risk their life). Other areas only allow dual-purpose structures (not houses) in the lowest areas (like ball fields or parks) so they can hold water during rain events. Trees and foliage slow erosion and absorb water. Also, we need basic drainage maintenance in neglected areas! Let's make a more livable area.
April 9 10:30 am 8877 Barker Cypress Meeting conducted in the same process as a Congressional Hearing but held here (Berry Center) and is why it is labeled a “Field Hearing”. Contact info for McCaul's office: Larissa Plunto Reg. Director Office of Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) Chairman, 1773 Westborough Drive, Suite 223 Katy, Tx 77449 Office: 281-398-1247 Cell: 571-289-2054. Large audiences get the attention of our politicians. We are in need of a solid plan and financing to accomplish the mission." . BE THERE WITH SIGNS! BRING ALL!