SPOTSWOOD - The damage from Hurricane Irene impacted some of the very people residents depend upon to keep them safe.

The Spotswood Emergency Medical Services building was destroyed as floodwaters rose after the powerful storm.

Spotswood Police Chief Karl Martin said there was barely enough time to get the ambulances out Sunday morning once the flooding began.

Martin said the floodwaters rose from 6 inches to 3 feet within a half hour, surging out of the Devoe Avenue Lake and across Devoe Avenue.

Spotswood EMS Director Leo Servis said although the building may be destroyed, "We're still going to continue to do the job. We haven't missed a call and we'll still be doing the job every day from here on out."