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Displaced Ft. Washington Residents Will Return To Homes, Over County Objections

Almost a month ago heavy rains caused a mudslide that destroyed a road in Fort Washington and forced the evacuation of more than a dozen homes. But after weeks of meetings with Prince George's County officials, some of the residents are taking matters into their own hands.

The fourteen families displaced from their homes by a mudslide nearly a month ago have had enough, and they say come heck or high water they are returning to their homes this afternoon — over the objections of Prince George's County officials.

"We want to go back to our homes, we want to resume our lives in our homes. We understand during the construction process that we may be restricted from our homes from time to time because of the reconstruction of the road, we're okay with that but to keep us from our homes indefinitely and for what the county is saying that may be months is unacceptable. We except to be back in our homes shortly," says Debbie Kutzleb, one of the anguished homeowners.

County officials say they will not physically stop the evacuees from returning, however they must assume the risk of doing so. The county expects it will take several weeks to repair the road and restore utilities destroyed by the landslide.

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