As her two-story, 18th-century house rose skyward, lifted up inch-by-inch out of the floodplain along the Rancocas Creek, Lisa Liebehenz reflected on just how long it had taken to get the wood-frame structure that once served as a parsonage out of harm's way.
"It's going to be a relief when this is finally finished," said Liebehenz, 54, who bought the Lumberton Township home in 1996 with her husband, Glenn. "When I hear a weather report, I won't have to worry anymore about how much it's going to rain."
Liebehenz's project is among three along the Rancocas Creek in the Burlington County town. More than a dozen years since the first of four floods broke dams upstream and created havoc here, she and the other homeowners received a total of more than a half million dollars in FEMA assistance to lift their homes from their original foundations.
The idea is to lift the houses high enough so that if the waters rise again, living spaces won't be affected.