UPDATED: May 6, 2014 2:54 p.m.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Twenty-eight homes have been evacuated following a “slope failure,” an event similar to a landslide, and water and sewage main breaks in Fort Washington, Md.
At a press conference Monday, officials said it will take at least two weeks to determine a short term solution for a big crack on the hill overlooking Piscataway Drive.
Prince George’s County spokesman Scott Peterson tells WNEW’s Kevin Rincon that the hill “buckled” and then dropped about two-and-a-half feet.
The director of the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation, Darrell Mobley, says the strip of land that is collapsing is about 1,500 feet long. The collapse has also resulted in uprooted trees that have taken out power lines.
Six of the houses that have been evacuated have been deemed unsafe due to the crack in the hill, five above the crack and one below. Twenty-two others have no water or sewage services.
The American Red Cross is helping residents of Piscataway Drive find temporary housing.
Meanwhile, geologists were on the scene Tuesday examining the land and trying to come up with a solution. But officials still haven’t been able to determine a timeline for when the 40 to 50 displaced residents can return to their homes.
Residents presented their concerns at a question and answer session Tuesday night. Homeowners’ worries range from rodents entering the homes to basement flooding if there is no electricity to run sump pumps, WNEW’s Cameron Thompson reports.
Some are also concerned about long term issues, like what they will do if the area is deemed permanently unsafe.
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