Victims of the Fort Washington landslide get relief

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. — It’s been seven months since several Fort
Washington families became homeless after a landslide damaged their
properties, cracked the street
and broke water lines. Now, some of them are getting major financial help.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded Prince George’s County
a
$2 million federal grant to buy and demolish six homes along Piscataway Drive
that were severely affected by the slope failure.

Tracy Rookard is one of the residents who was evacuated from her home after
the hillside gave way back in May.

After months of uncertainty, she tells Fox5 that she is relieved, and
that this
financial boost can help her move on.

“I have not always appreciated our elected officials, but I’ll tell you, they
definitely stepped up to the plate here,” she said.

Prince George’s County set aside funds to stabilize the ground and make
repairs
so 22 other homes can be saved.

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