SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Hurricane Irene was definitely a storm to remember for borough residents, when it came through New Jersey in late August of 2011. Rapid rising flood waters from Devoe Lake quickly made their way across the street, flooding the Spotswood Emergency Services building. Karl Martin was the Spotswood police chief at the time, remarking in news reports that Emergency Services workers had to act fast to get the ambulances out ahead of the flood waters that rose from six inches to three feet in 30 minutes.
In the end, the Spotswood Emergency Services would lose their home. While the vehicles were saved, the building was decimated with the department loosing equipment, computers, furniture and more. A newly installed HVAC system was lost in the flood waters as well. After being relocated to warehouse space on American Way, the Spotswood Emergency Services is finally ready to go back home and they are celebrating the long awaited event with an Open House on Saturday, February 10 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Residents are invited to stop by for the family-friendly celebration. Parking will be available across the street at American Legion Post #253.
The Spotswood Emergency Services building is located at 57 Devoe Avenue.