Flooding and sea level rise are challenges the City of Charleston has taken seriously for centuries. However, Charleston is experiencing flooding more frequently than ever.
Initiatives that will improve our ability to withstand flooding and sea level rise challenges are outlined in the 2019 Flooding and Sea Level Rise Strategy. The Strategy recommends planning for 2.0 to 3.0 feet of sea level rise over the next fifty years. As scientists' projections for sea level rise change, the City will review its planning projections. Many of the initiatives identified are already completed or in progress. Others need to be evaluated and prioritized over the coming years, particularly those which require unique funding.