City of Charleston releases Sea Level Rise Strategy Report

City of Charleston releases Sea Level Rise Strategy Report

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The City of Charleston is working on a way to deal with the high tides and flooding issues that we're expected to deal with over the next few decades.

Mayor Joe Riley released the City of Charleston Sea Level Rise Strategy Report on Tuesday.

The initiatives includes reinvesting in drainage improvement projects, being able to respond quickly to the high sea levels and raising streets and sea walls.

"The initiatives were developed to ensure that we anticipate and put into place actions to reinvest, to be ready and to respond rapidly to the challenges of sea level rise," Riley said."Many of the initiatives are already underway and will be accomplished within the next two years. Others need to be evaluated and prioritized over the coming years and funded over the coming decades. I appreciate the work of this task force and am confident that this strategy will enable the city to prepare for sea level rise."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates a sea level rise of 2 to 7 feet in Charleston over the next 100 years.

"By 2045, the City is projected to face nearly 180 tidal floods a year," city officials said."Rising sea levels represent additional challenges now and in the future. The sea level in Charleston has risen slightly more than one foot in the last 100 years and there is no doubt the rising trend will continue."

According to city officials, tidal flooding in the 1970s averaged two times per year, while in the early 2010s, it is up to 11 times per year.

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