Flooding in Mullins, S.C., after Hurricane Florence.
Hurricane flooding Flooding in Mullins, S.C., after Hurricane Florence. © South Carolina National Guard

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Rising Cost of Rising Water Webinar Series

South Carolina

Our waters are rising, and we’re paying the price.

Every year from 2015 to 2019, heavy rain events and coastal storms decimated South Carolina homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. Storm surge pushed salt into our drinking water. Drowned treatment plants spilled raw sewage into our rivers. South Carolinians were forced out of their homes ahead of swollen rivers spilling over their banks.

We can’t continue business as usual. In the face of higher tides, more intense rain events and flooding, as well as a changing climate, we must reduce risks and strengthen our communities. We can tackle this challenge. We can become more resilient and build a more prosperous future.

This three-part webinar series offers a range of perspectives on the rising cost of rising water and solutions to help our homes and businesses. Upcoming topics include how the insurance industry is adapting and how communities are investing in natural defenses. Join us for one, two or all three parts!

Register for upcoming webinars at the links listed under each event below. You must register to attend — information on how to join the webinar via Zoom will be provided upon registering.

You can also watch previous webinar recordings at the links listed on the next tab.

We hope to see you online soon!



Additional webinars will be announced in the coming weeks.

Part 1: Can South Carolina Afford the Next Storm?

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020  |  11 a.m. – noon

The cost of natural disasters is increasing dramatically. How will South Carolina pay for a future of more frequent, intense flooding and storms? Featured panelists included Kim Stenson, director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and Pamela Williams, executive director of BuildStrong Coalition. Moderated by Gavin Jackson, public affairs reporter for South Carolina ETV, with a special welcome from Dale Threatt-Taylor, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in South Carolina.

Missed it, or want to listen again? Watch the video below!

This first webisode drew 80+ attendees from the insurance, engineering, real estate and financial sectors.

The Rising Cost of Rising Water Listen to our panelists discuss the future of South Carolina in preparation for increasingly intense natural disasters.


“Don’t build in vulnerable areas … If we continue to build in floodplains and places that are probably going to be impacted by disasters, then we’re going to continue to have problems… We’ve got to change the culture [and] there’s a lot of different issues involved with that.”

Kim Stenson, Director, SC Emergency Management Division

“Unlike repairing something that has been impacted by a disaster, if we make it stronger, we’re avoiding future damage. That’s huge. That’s a smart investment, so we need to be driving federal investments in ways that are cost effective and risk reducing.”

Pamela Williams, Executive Director, BuildStrong Coalition

9/9/20: New proposal from SC State House would create South Carolina Office of Resilience, advisory board and chief resiliency officer. Read about it in The State newspaper: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article245568385.html