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Editors’ note: This article is the rst in a series looking at ooding in the Cypress Creek watershed. After suering repeated ooding along Cypress Creek, North Harris County residents and ocials are pointing to historical development along the creek as a factor in recent storms that damaged thousands of homes and structures in the Cypress Creek watershed. During Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and the Tax Day ood in April 2016, water from Cypress Creek rose nearly 130 feet and 128 feet, respec- tively, and spilled over its banks—the two highest peaks in recorded his- tory of the creek, according to data from the National Weather Service. In those storms, 8,750 and 1,735 homes in the Cypress Creek watershed were damaged, respectively. Estimates from the Houston- Galveston Area Council show the amount of developed land within the watershed increased from about 18% in 1996 to as much as 52% in 2018. Ocials: Decades of development may have contributed to Cypress Creek watershed oods BY SHAWN ARRAJJ, EVA VIGH AND HANNAH ZEDAKER

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We are nowa sea of concrete; green space is available to the highest bidder. MARY JOSEPH, HUNTWICK FOREST RESIDENT

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Neighboring residents whose homes ooded during Hurricane Harvey have voiced concerns about a new residential development that is under construction near Cutten Road and Vintage Preserve Parkway. However, the developer complied with county development standards by adding a detention pond (pictured). (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The end of an era After serving as a cornerstone of the Champions community for more than 40 years, Raveneaux Country Club will soon become a regional oodwater detention basin. (Courtesy Harris County Flood Control District)

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