Fort Washington landslide worsens; some residents refuse evacuation order

Worried residents of an upscale waterfront community in Prince George’s County peppered government officials with questions Tuesday night about a landslide that has devastated their neighborhood. But answers — reassuring or otherwise — were hard to come by.

Officials told homeowners from the Piscataway Hills development that it is too early to say what caused the “slope failure” that ruptured water and sewer lines and sent trees tumbling and earth sliding in their neighborhood over the weekend. It is too early to know when the 28 custom-built homes will again be safe to inhabit, and too early to know whether insurance will pay for some of the damage.

“I know this is a hard time for you,” Nick Majett, acting chief administrative officer for Prince George’s, told about 30 residents gathered at the Harmony Hall Regional Center, which the county government is using as its headquarters for dealing with the situation. “I can’t imagine how it feels to be forced out of your home by a catastrophe.”

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