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Collapsed Baltimore street to stay evacuated

Friday - 5/2/2014, 12:22pm  ET

Firefighters look at a car sitting on the edge of a sinkhole in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, as heavy rain moves through the region. Road closures have been reported due to flooding, downed trees and electrical lines elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings through Wednesday afternoon in Washington, northern Virginia and central Maryland. (AP Photo)

JULIET LINDERMAN
Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Officials say people who live in houses on a Baltimore city block where the street collapsed during a rainstorm may have to be kept out of their homes for up to 40 days.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake spokesman Kevin Harris said Thursday he did not know how many houses or people are affected by the continued evacuation order in Charles Village. He says city officials will meet with residents Friday morning.

A sidewalk and retaining wall in Baltimore's Charles Village neighborhood buckled and caved in Wednesday afternoon, swallowing a streetlight and more than half a dozen cars. No one was injured.

Freight rail officials say cargo trains will likely begin running again Thursday evening on a section of track that was buried in the collapse.


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