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Team Assists Town of Edisto Beach with Resilience Planning

May 6, 2022

A new report, Town of Edisto Beach Flooding and Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, was recently published by the Consortium, University of South Carolina’s Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments program, and College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Hazards Center. Sea level rise (SLR), and corresponding impacts to groundwater, septic and wastewater systems, and transportation infrastructure, is a concern for the Town of Edisto Beach and other communities along the South Carolina coast.

Beach showing signs of erosion under pier.

Photo courtesy of Wade Spees.

The team assessed the town’s vulnerability to flooding and sea level rise using a variety of methods, including the Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation Planning Scenarios process. The Consortium and Lowcountry Hazards Center developed a high-resolution flood model to assess vulnerability to properties and roads. Then the Consortium and Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments staff conducted workshops with town employees and residents to gather information about current challenges with flooding and identify steps the town and residents can take now to mitigate SLR and flooding effects.

Contact Landon Knapp, Coastal Resilience program specialist, at (843) 953-2091, or Matt Gorstein, assistant director for Development and Extension, at (843) 953-2084 for more information about the report.