In early October 2015, a stalled mid-latitude weather system directed a fire hose of deep tropical moisture across South Carolina over a four-day period leading to record-breaking rainfall totals and devastating flooding across the state. Rainfall totals around the Charleston area ranged from 16-27″, and many parts of the region experienced major flooding, inundating neighborhoods, roads, and other infrastructure. This webinar will focus on the City of Charleston’s response to the flood event and lessons learned that will help the City move forward to face a “new normal” in our changing environment. Several lessons learned in Charleston may apply to many of our coastal communities in the Southeast and Caribbean.
This 4-pager provides an overview of the climatological and hydrological conditions which contributed to the event and how to consider future risks as communities recover and rebuild.
Heavy rainfall occurred across South Carolina during
October 1-5, 2015, as a result of an upper atmospheric
low-pressure system that funneled tropical moisture from
Hurricane Joaquin into the State. The storm caused major
flooding from the central to the coastal areas of South