UPDATE: The Citadel has canceled evening classes and will send staff home at 4 p.m.

The College of Charleston has cancelled all classes for the rest of the day.

While Charlestonians may have forgotten they live on what was once a series of streams through a marshy peninsula, today was a certain reminder.

We’ve put resources together below and feel free to include your swimming, surfing experiences in the comments.

First, some quick updates. The worst looks like it is still to come. According to James Tarter, with the county’s Emergency Management Department, there is a “significant” threat of tornadoes east of Interstate 95, as well as flash flooding in the Charleston area beginning at approximately 7 p.m.

Charleston County schools have canceled after-school programs and the City of Charleston has canceled a planned Zoning Board meeting.

This storm is not unique, and neither is Charleston flooding. The key issue looks to be the timing of the tides (seemingly at the two worst points of both storm activity and commuter traffic).

The city has promised fixes, but is only chipping away at the problem with less than $4 million a year in stormwater fee collections and even the little fixes cost $16 million to $20 million. Looking back to last month’s elections, councilman-elect Mike Seekings agreed with incumbent Yvonne Evans on many issues, but he was much more aggressive in his campaign regarding flooding problems. Even going so far as to consider an increase in the fee to address ongoing problems faster.

This latest trouble is certain to offer increased ammo for the request for federal money to address the Crosstown flooding issue. Once that is off the list, other less expensive priorities can be addressed.

Here’s the promised resources:

Our 2006 report on flooding includes a map of routine areas to avoid.

Folks are twittering up a storm (pun intended), including pics.

Blogging weather guru Jared Smith is on the case.

And there’s an active Google map of the flood prone streets.


View Charleston’s flood-prone streets in a larger map

Teaser photo by flickr user Chemist