Charleston reveals plan to combat rising sea levels

By  Doug Pardue  and  Tony Bartelme   - Dec 23 2015 4:54 pm

By Doug Pardue and Tony Bartelme  - Dec 23 2015 4:54 pm

Amid rain bombs and relentlessly rising seas, Charleston issued a report calling for a new campaign to fortify the city against threats caused by a warming planet.

The report was the culmination of meetings among city staffers to address sea rise and an increase in routine flooding — a process that gained more urgency when October’s torrents put large swaths of the city under water.

Called “Sea Level Rise Strategy,” the report also comes amid criticism that the city ignored the long-term effects of sea rise. It plugs a gaping hole in the city’s Century V plan, which describes the city’s vision for this century but fails to mention sea rise once.