Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition Presentation

Mr. Jim Robertson, from Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition, gave an interesting presentation at the March 12th CCUD board meeting. In addition to his role as Chairman of the Cypress Creek Greenway Project, he has volunteered much of his time advocating for flood control in our neighborhoods.

CCFCC was formed in 1999 in response to the floods in ’98 and ’94. Acting more in an advocacy role, they work closely with the Harris County Flood Control. Members of CCFCC currently include 24 MUDS, 51 HOA’s and civic associations as well as 121 individual supporters.

CCFCC is a nonprofit organization (501-C3) with a budget of $30,000 to $40,000 which is used mainly to fund flood related studies. For more information on these studies and historic milestones click here: http://ccfcc.org/historic-milestones .

Here is some other interesting information shared by Jim:

  • 15% of the $2.5 billion flood bond monies has been designated to projects in the Cypress Creek watershed, all of which have begun. To review all projects, go to Cypress Creek Flood Control website: https://www.hcfcd.org/Find-Your-Watershed/Cypress-Creek
  • The most prominent need right now is federal funding for the upper watershed “Cypress Solution” (3rd reservoir function) which was the area thought to be responsible for the Tax Day flooding.
  • Another prominent focus is an underground tunnel drainage conveyance system.

Jim encouraged community involvement by inviting everyone to the CCFCC open monthly meetings, typically the 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 pm at 14223 Lakewood Forest Drive, Cypress. Also, financial donations are always appreciated since they are the only source of CCFCC funding. For more information on CCFCC, click here: http://ccfcc.org/

Our Water is Safe to Drink

The water supply of the Cypress Creek UD was not affected by City of Houston’s major water line break on Thursday, February 27, 2020. There will not be a boil water notice issued by Cypress Creek UD at this time.

Cypress Creek UD receives its water from wells owned and operated by the district. Cypress Creek UD has no connection with any City of Houston water lines and therefore the crisis in the City of Houston has no effect on Cypress Creek UD’s water system. Therefore there is no need to boil water in Cypress Creek UD at this time. If Cypress Creek ever does have an incident where a boil water notice would need to be issued, Cypress Creek UD will notify its customers. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (the “TCEQ”) requires that a boil water notice be issued if the water pressure in a public water system falls below the minimum requirement. The district monitors and tests the quality of the water frequently once the water from our wells reaches the districts water treatment plant.

A good way to stay informed of a rare emergency instance where we would need to inform our customers is to sign up for email and text message alerts on our website.

Questions and Answers from Cypress Creek Flood Control

Do you have questions about flood mitigation efforts in the Cypress Creek watershed area? There is much information “out there” but reliable facts and information are sometimes difficult to obtain. As homeowners in the Cypress Creek watershed area, we need and deserve sound information to make the best decisions for our home and families.

The Cypress Creek Flood Control website has a list of Q & A’s that should provide answers to most of your questions. Here is an example of some of the questions addressed:

For a complete review of Cypress Creek Flood Control Q & A’s, go to: https://www.hcfcd.org/Find-Your-Watershed/Cypress-Creek/Cypress-Creek-FAQs

Sanitary Sewer Update – Phase One

The sanitary sewer rehabilitation project will be started on the main line along Balcrest Drive to Normont Drive. The work was scheduled to begin January 20 and last through January 31. The work should have minimal effect on traffic

For more information concerning the entire scope of the water lines and sanitary sewer lines rehabilitation for Norchester, go to the CCUD website at CyCreekUD.com.

Harris County Proposal for Norchester Drainage Improvements

The Harris County Engineering Department – Recovery & Resilience Division (HCED-RRD) completed a preliminary subdivision drainage study for Norchester. The study includes improvements that will add storm drainage capacity. The total estimated cost for the project is $11,918,041. The HCFCD Bond Program will pay for 50% of project costs. HCED-RDD is requesting Cypress Creek UD to pay the remaining 50%.

Funding for Replacement of Water Line Infrastructure

Cypress Creek Utility District has secured low-interest loans using Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (DWSRF) and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (CWSRF). These State Revolving Fund programs are administered by the Texas Water Development Board. DWSRF will be used to fund replacement of the District’s water line infrastructure along portions of Jones Road and Balcrest Drive. CWSRF will be used to fund Phase 1 and Phase 2 of sanitary sewer system rehabilitation within certain portions of Norchester. These projects are expected to start before the end of the year.

Soil Test Sampling

As part of Cypress Creek UD water and sewer system rehabilitation, there will be soil test sampling going on around Norchester this weekend, Saturday (9/14) and Sunday (9/15). Sampling will be performed by Geotech Engineering at various locations in the subdivision. One or more trucks will be operating both days.

Work will require isolated lane closure to accommodate the vehicle performing the proposed work. This work should have little effect on traffic. However, please drive with caution.

Why Are My Taxes Going Up?

Sequence of events over the last several years that led to increased taxes for repairing and rehabilitating the water and sewer systems.

Utility District Tax Rates

Summary (PDF)

  • May 10, 2010 – Vote Passed
  • April 17, 2014 – Report on the CCUD Town Hall Meetings
  • October 15, 2014 – Vote “For” the CCUD Bond Election
  • June 22, 2016 – Upgrades to CCUD
  • October 24, 2018 – Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate
  • November 6, 2018 – Events and Dates Leading to the Necessary Increase of Taxes
  • December 18, 2018 – Well Water vs Surface Water

 

Update: Texas Pride Disposal Services

Texas Pride Disposal began trash and recycling service to our district on March 1st. The Cypress Creek Board of Directors are aware of, and are addressing, multiple customer service concerns. Service concerns include (but are not limited to): blocking driveways with collected trash, failure to return homeowner trash cans to back door locations, failure to pick up large trash items and poor response (or no response) to calls and email complaints.

Upon the request of Glenn Land, President of CCUD District, a manager from Texas Pride Disposal Services attended the March 14th board meeting to review complaints and expectation of services. Shortly after the meeting, a new working crew was brought in to replace one of the original crews. Also, Texas Pride is currently updating their phone system.

While some areas in the CCUD reportedly are receiving good service from Texas Pride, there are still some ongoing issues that the CCUD Board is addressing with the owner and management of the company.

If you have a problem or concern with trash/recycle pick up, please continue to report these by either calling the company at 281-342-8178 or sending an email to service@texaspridedisposal.com. You may also communicate with your CCUD Board of Directors at https://www.cycreekud.com/contact but this communication should be in addition to reporting directly to Texas Pride Disposal using the contact information provided above.