|By Jean Mikle, Asbury Park Press, N.J.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"I didn't want to wait," said Rumbolo, 42, a lifelong
Since the storm, the Rumbolos and their two children have been living in a rented home on the mainland in
When they finished lowering the house back onto the new foundation in mid-January, the Rumbolos' home was 11 feet up, above the 8-foot level recommended in the advisory flood maps released in December by the
"I thought a little bit more would be better," said Rumbolo, whose house has become a mini tourist attraction in storm-battered Ortley. He said he's handed out more than 150 fliers to homeowners seeking information about raising their own storm-damaged homes.
The foundation of Rumbolo's house also has a new breakaway wall, designed to collapse during flooding and allow water to pass under the house without undermining the foundation.
The cost of elevating the house?
Rumbolo estimates that work replacing windows, damaged drywall, rebuilding the deck and building a new front staircase, will bring the total cost of the project to about
He hopes to do a lot of the work himself.
"This particular house, we were only here about two days," Buckingham said of the Rumbolo home.
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