Hilton Head Island businesses adapt to repeated flooding

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) – South Carolina Senator Tim Scott recently helped re-introduce a bill that he says will assist repeatedly flooded areas in the Palmetto State.

Flooding affects a lot in the Lowcountry and specifically here at Hudson’s on Hilton Head, which is right on the water, the rising tides have caused a lot of damage over the last decade.

“Before 2006 I think we had water in the building two times since 75, since 2006 we’ve had water in the building at least 10 times,” said Andrew Carmines, Owner/General Manager of Hudson’s.

He thinks a lot of this has to do with major storms.


Senator Scott says his bill would compel FEMA and local governments to take proactive steps to reduce flood risk, rather than rebuilding properties only after they flood.

It also allows FEMA to target aid to affected communities.