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Leigh Brandenburg lives on Johns Island, outside Charleston, South Carolina. Her home is near the Stono River, a tidal channel that connects to the ocean.

Brandenburg: “When we moved here twenty years ago, we didn’t experience really any significant coastal flooding. And I’d say over the past three to four years, we’re starting to see significant flooding during high tide events. We are seeing the water cross over our causeway, cross over the roads.”

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, more than fifteen hundred homes on Johns Island and neighboring Kiawah and Seabrook Islands could face chronic flooding within 30 years.

As a real estate agent, Brandenburg knows what this could mean, because she’s seen it happen in downtown Charleston.

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Brandenburg: “Obtaining flood insurance becomes cost-prohibitive. And if the flood policy’s too expensive, we see people getting priced out of their homes.”

But selling homes in flood-prone areas can be extremely difficult.

Brandenburg: “If I’m moving here from elsewhere, it would give me pause, for sure.”

So as the water rises on Johns Island, Brandenburg says she and her neighbors worry about what’s to come.

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.