Perhaps the editors have a point — current urban flooding might be a harbinger of sea level rise, if it happens here. Nevertheless, if I were to illustrate the threat of sea level rise to the streets of Charleston I would choose a photograph of water gushing up from the catch basins — not swirling down into them.

The photograph on the front page of the Dec. 27 Opinion section does illustrate an immediate problem that needs to be fixed, soon. The storm drainage systems of the Lowcountry are woefully underdesigned and poorly maintained.

Drive around after a storm and notice the standing water on the pavements, roadway washouts and private property awash with water our roads can’t handle.

Take a closer look and you will see that catch basin grates are covered with leaves and debris, culverts are undersized and half full of dirt and vegetation, ditches are maintained on some properties only, and pipes and catch basins get plugged with silt from construction sites.

I might dispute whether we have enough satellite data to predict sea level rise, but everyone can plainly see the immediate problems with our drainage systems today.

Robert Dean

Chisolm Road

Johns Island