Newsbreak - floodingCoastal residents are recovering today after a major storm slammed into the state causing flooded roads to close, cars to float and some sewers to overflow. Charleston experienced the fourth-highest tide on record. Georgetown schools are closed today for an e-learning day. A tornado touched down in Horry County. The storm was, to put it succinctly, a huge mess.

Outgoing Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg on Sunday said there were no major injuries reported.

“This was a tough and frustrating day for our citizens, as historic high tides came up and over the land in the city, flooding cars, homes, businesses and streets,” he said in a statement.

“As I said recently, I’ve never been more optimistic about the future of our city. But that optimism depends on our ability to adapt to sea level rise and climate change, which forecasters tell us will bring punishing tides like the ones we saw today on a monthly or even weekly basis in the decades to come. That’s why the city is working with the Army Corps of Engineers on a plan to protect our citizens from this kind of tidal flooding. And it’s why we must continue to move forward until Charleston has the perimeter protection and other infrastructure it needs to survive and thrive in the years ahead.

In other recent headlines:

CP OPINION, Brack: There’s more good news than you might think. “But for all of the challenges that South Carolina has, there are signs of encouragement during this holiday season. We only have to look to recent headlines to find a little bump of cheer. Some examples: Clemson’s getting a vet school; Charleston’s getting a daily international flight.”

CP HOLIDAYS: Gaillard to offer circus show under big top. Read this to learn about Spiegeltent in Charleston — a circus, burlesque and cabaret collide for a mesmerizing performance created for the Charleston Gaillard Center by one of London’s most prominent West End entertainment producers. Also in holiday news, here are five last-minute holiday food gifts. And learn about how a Charleston show is offering soul-infused classics.

CP NEWS: Charleston to ask for instant-runoff voting in future elections. Statewide advocacy groups are lauding a coming proposal by Charleston leaders who are asking the state legislature to allow municipalities to use instant-runoff voting, also known as ranked-choice voting, in future local elections.

Gas prices continue to fall in S.C. The average price of a gallon of gas dropped 9 cents to $2.71 per gallon over the last week.

McMaster’s heart procedure is successful, office says. Gov. Henry Mcmaster’s Friday heart procedure was successful, his office said. He is recovering at home.

Haley showing signs of strength, attracting non-Republicans. Former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is attracting centrist presidential voters, but also facing criticism for being vague on some issues. Meanwhile, she also says former President Donald Trump had a chance to stop the Jan. 6 riot.

Head of U.S. Small Business Administration tours N. Charleston laundry. National leaders met in North Charleston Friday to tout shopping in small businesses over the holidays.

North Charleston OKs 50-acre riverfront development. The Battery Park development at the old Charleston Navy Base complex has been approved by North Charleston city council.

Mount Pleasant high school principal warns of drug uptick. The principal of a Mount Pleasant high school is warning of a dangerous uptick in student drug use.

Mount Pleasant considers ban on new slab-built homes. Putting homes on slabs can impact an area’s hydrology.

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