GIS Storm Surge Map for Daniel Island, South Carolina
Daniel Island is in the heart of the South Carolina Low Country, and is approximately 5m at its highest elevation above sea level. The community sits in Berkley County, South Carolina yet is jurisdictionally part of the City of Charleston. As with most of the Charleston area, Daniel Island is undergoing a major economic development that began in the early 1990s. In fact, the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors reports that median prices for single-family homes and condominiums on Daniel Island are $642,000 and $274,400, respectively. Additionally, since this development started, the Charleston area has not been impacted by a major hurricane. It has been estimated that over 4000 of the new residents to Daniel Island are post Hugo and have not experienced the damage that such a storm can produce in a community. (Hurricane Hugo impacted the Charleston area as a Category 4 storm in 1989.)
Since the area's residents have little prior experience in dealing with storms of this magnitude, combined with the relatively low lying area where the community is located, and the lack of actual hurricane flooding data for the community, it was necessary to estimate the impact of hurricane surge on the community through computer modeling. These storm surge models and visualizations were created using ESRI's ArcGIS program to provide information about the impacts of hurricanes for residents of the community.