Wall collapse leads to Montgomery County road closure (Photos)

WASHINGTON — A retaining wall collapsed near Gaithersburg on Sunday, forcing evacuations and a road closure.

Three people have been evacuated from two town homes along Ridgepoint Place in the Kentlands area, says Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

“The homes were very close to this particular wall,” Piringer says. “We did evacuate the homes as a precaution and have since called for the utilities to be shut off.”

No one was injured in the collapse.

Piringer says that the ground under the wall is “very saturated” and “may still be shifting a bit.” There have been problems with the retaining wall in the past, officials say.

The northbound lanes of Quince Orchard Road between Darnestown Road and Pawnee Drive could be closed for several days.

“It may be several days as engineers and inspectors need to check it,” Gaithersburg Police Department spokesman Dan Lane said in an email.

Below is a map in the area of the road closure.

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