S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

Intended and Unintended Consequences of Buyout Programs as an Adaptive Response to Compound Flood Events and Coastal Inundation Risk in Rural Communities

This project will focus on the social connections that exist which may affect a resident’s decision making process during property buyouts. These social connections could include child care, health care, nearby cultural assets, or other community connections.

This project will not only focus on those connections, but any social ties to the community that could affect a property owners’ decision to participate or not participate in a buyout program. The project results will be used in order to help inform climate adaptation efforts focused on buying out vulnerable and/or repeatedly flooded properties.

Two speakers present a powerpoint to an auditorium of people in metal chairs.

Bennettsville city officials speak to residents about the ongoing buyout being conducted by the South Carolina Office of Resilience, as South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium staff prepare to lead focus groups with residents.

The project is concerned with enhancing resilience to compound flood events and coastal inundation risk in rural communities. The rural communities that are participating in the study are in North Carolina and South Carolina, Tarboro and Bennettsville, respectively. The research team is engaging these communities to gain an understanding of the perceived impacts that buyouts have on households and communities as a whole. The team also hopes to learn more about current mitigation practices in place to ease the devastating effects of flooding.

The project team is made up of members from East Carolina University, The Citadel, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.