Flooding Problems in Northwest Houston Stress Importance of Being Area Specialist

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass 540867

Anyone who has lived in the greater Houston area knows there can be serious flooding issues.  Tropical Storm Allison proved this in a dramatic way in June of 2001.  Because of this storm, FEMA flood maps were redrawn and continue to be amended to this very day. 

The Northwest Houston areas of Cypress and Spring have their share of problematic flooding.  The Cypress Creek Watershed is a primary receptacle of water shed in the combined areas and it can prove to be quite troublesome for certain communities.

I believe it is vitally important for real estate agents to perform due diligence in this regard when assisting buyers moving into the area.  I look at two resources: and  The TSARP (aka Tropical Storm Alison Recovery Project) maps are easier to read and they reflect thereon if changes are being made to flood plain mapping done in 2007 as a result of Tropical Storm Allison.  I then refer to the FEMA maps for verification. 

However (and this is a BIG HOWEVER) even if a property is not located within a flood plain, serious flooding is still possible as is reported in an article from  It's impossible to know every location in the greater Houston area with problematic flooding.  This is one very good reason supporting the premise of being an area real estate specialist.  The more we know about a certain area, the better equipped we are to serve our clients.

Posted by

Kris Hoch, ABR, ePro®

RE/MAX Compass

7825 Hwy 6 N, #112

Houston, TX  77095

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