Charleston, South Carolina – An annual federal flooding report found Charleston’s high tide flooding is increasing at an alarming rate.
“The report is very clear: Charleston is in trouble,” Coastal Conservation League’s Betsy La Force told sister publication Statehouse Report. “If we look at the data and continue to ignore it the issue will only get worse. It’s scientific. It’s not political. It proves to the public and political leaders that climate change impacts are happening now … We have to be realistic and plan accordingly.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report included Charleston in data and graphs highlighted 21 times in the report. Charleston saw 13 high-tide flooding events in 2019 but is projected to see only four to seven flooding events this year. The report saidCharleston could experience up to 90 high-tide flooding events by 2050.