Charleston’s Heavy Rain Sets Record, Causes Floods

The city of Charleston and many surrounding areas have been no stranger to the havoc severe rain and flooding can cause.  Just a few short months ago, 21 South Carolina counties recorded double-digit rainfall in five days, and one rain gauge in Charleston County tallied 26.88 inches of rain.  In South Carolina, several variations of flood hazards occur due to the different effects of severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, seasonal rains and other weather-related conditions. The State’s low-lying topography, combined with its humid subtropical climate, makes it highly vulnerable to inland or riverine flooding.  Riverine flooding occurs when the flow of rainwater runoff is greater than the carrying capacities of the natural drainage systems. The largest riverine flood in South Carolina, based on the area affected, was the 1903 flood. Relentless rains associated with warm moist air and a low-pressure system caused this flood. In comparison to riverine flooding, coastal flooding is usually the result of a severe weather system such as a tropical storm or hurricane, which contains an element of high winds. The damaging effects of coastal floods are caused by a combination of storm surge, wind, rain, erosion and battering by debris.

In the event of potential flooding, there are a few measures you can take to thwart damage.   Homeowners are advised to install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home. It’s also a good idea to review your insurance policy. Flood coverage is not part of most homeowner, mobile home or renter’s insurance policies and there is a 30-day waiting period for coverage to take effect.

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