In Lumberton, N.J., Rising Waters Cause Minimum Consternation
By David Madden
LUMBERTON, N.J. (CBS) — Lumberton Township, in Burlington County, usually gets hit hard when flooding rains come calling, since it sits right on the banks of the Rancocas Creek.
Longtime residents have seen floods come and go over the years, and this one could be classified more as a “major inconvenience” than a disaster.
You can’t go through town on Main Street, but the local pizza shop is open. Power has been kept on, so homeowners can use their sump pumps.
Jean Kuhn, who lives in a first-floor apartment, says that while these floods are nothing like the ones that came with Hurricane Irene three years ago, she did a double-take when cops knocked on her door.
“Oh no, not again. It’s a stressful process because you have to move your vehicle by the municipal building, but then you have to make sure you have all your belongings up off the floor and then you don’t know how high,” she tells KYW Newsradio.
She did not heed the warning of police to evacuate. In fact, only one person had to be rescued here. Most people were riding things out on the second floor.