Twenty-eight homes in Prince George's County are being evacuated after a slope failure put the homes in danger.
A portion of Piscataway Drive near Fort Washington collapsed over the weekend, causing a water main and sewer failure. County officials say conditions are continuing to deteriorate and it's necessary to evacuate the homes. They say there's limited access to sanitation services and public safety responders have limited access to the area.
The Office of Emergency Management is setting up a temporary reception center for those impacted by the evacuation. The county is ordering a mandatory evacuation under Prince Georges County Code Section 4-120:
(a) Section 117.1 is added to read as follows: "Imminent Danger." When, in the opinion of the Code Official, there is imminent danger of failure or collapse of a building or structure or any part thereof which endangers life or when any structure or part of a structure has fallen and life is endangered by the occupation of the building or structure, the Code Official is hereby authorized and empowered to order and require the occupants to vacate the same forthwith. The Code Official shall cause to be posted at each entrance to such structure, a notice reading as follows: 'This structure is unsafe and its occupancy has been prohibited by the Code Official.' It shall be unlawful for any person to enter such structure except for the purpose of making the required repairs or of demolishing the same.