South Carolina in the last 20 years has seen increased flooding due to not only storm ocean surge, but torrential amounts of rain fall, endured by the Midlands of South Carolina in Columbia. As well as the coast in Charleston SC known as the “Low Country”, which really is no surprise given Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Hilton Head’s high risk of hurricane activity. In 2016 the coast of SC took a huge hit from hurricane Mathew doing $10s of Millions in damage, and in 2017 hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the northeastern coast of the United States with Sandy with over an estimated $Billion. In 2018 hurricane Harvey decimated Houston TX like they had never seen from storm surge. 

So, what about rising sea levels due to climate change? The rise in climate even incrementally can have significant impacts on the weather as evidenced by the severe hurricanes, tornadoes, excessive rainfall, and the like. Its actual cause is still up for debate by so called “experts”, or basically those who research and read for a living. That said, there is no denying all of us would be prudent to be careful and watch what happens over the next 40 years or so with not only weather but storm surge and rising sea levels. 

As huge example of changing sea currents and rising sea levels can be seen right here on Isle of Palms SC at Ocean Club Villas in Wild Dunes. They have had a terrible time keeping beach erosion from all but forcing them to condemn the luxury oceanfront condos. If not for the state of SC giving the city of Isle of Palms millions of dollars every few years for beach re-nourishment the building would have had to be condemned as waves were already begin to encroach under the building. 

Use the risk zone map below to assess what risk your home my have over the next 50 years if sea levels continue to rise at the same level they are currently. This map is based on computer model algorithms that have many variables, guesstimates, and evidence to calculate the data it renders. 

 

 


 

ABOUT FEMA FLOOD MAPS

Recently FEMA changed the flood maps to a more accurate and current reflection of what is happening with climate change and flood levels. If you’re concerned about how your house may fare in the next storm input your address below so you can make sure you have adequate flood insurance. There are eligibility restrictions to qualify for National Flood Insurance. Please contact the NFIP with eligibility questions at (800) 427-4661 or visit FEMA website.   As FEMA improves its mapping technology and draws more accurate flood maps, some homes may now be located in a flood zone, or higher risk area, where the flood insurance is more expensive. Also, some insurance agents may adjust rates to correct previous mistakes made about the home’s features when they are re-evaluating a policy at renewal.  

 

 

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