Whether you believe in climate change or not, when you're living in Charleston and considering a Charleston real estate purchase, you need to be aware of flood zones and increasing sea levels. This is especially important when purchasing real estate on the Charleston peninsula, Daniel Island, Sullivan's, IOP, Folly Beach, Kiawah, and every other coastal community.
What one quickly learns after living in Charleston is downtown streets flood regularly, especially when heavy rains coincide with high tides. We were reminded of that again this week.
One non-profit organization, Climate Central, has created new interactive flood maps for 14 coastal sates (East coast and West coast), including South Carolina and, specifically, for the greater Charleston area.
The interactive flood map allows the user to adjust for high tide sea-level rise from a baseline of 1 foot up to 10 feet. The map then adjusts the flood view (from white, land, to blue, water). I found it to be particularly educational. Try Climate Central's Surging Seas map for yourself to see how your current or potential future property fares.