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City Hall Unable to Provide Last Year's Stability Assessment Cited by Mayor After Street Collapse

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After their street collapsed Wednesday, swallowing eight cars, residents of the Charles Village Street say their earlier complaints to public officials went ignored.

"I stopped parking my car there because we knew that this was inevitable." Resident Wendy Wu told FOX45. "What really got me was there was a crack a crack in the asphalt where you could see bricks and it's been widening rapidly."

Residents of E. 26th street in Charles Village say they have been complaining to the city and CSX for years about the retaining wall that collapsed Wednesday afternoon, onto CSX train tracks. Service was restored along the CSX Transportation tracks by Friday morning but affected residents may not be able to return home for 40 days.

"CSX continues to work with local officials to determine the cause of the mud slide, which came after heavy rains in the area," CSX said. "CSX also continues to work with officials to support the safety and recovery of area residents and businesses."

According to the Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake an assessment of the structural stability of the street a year earlier found no weaknesses. "We're asking the questions, what transpired between last year and this year that caused that street to collapse," Rawlings-Blake said.

FOX45 wanted to review the details from the assessment which the Mayor said took place a year ago but City Hall couldn't provide it. A spokesperson said she's not aware who performed the study -- or even if there's documentation detailing it.

City Hall Unable to Provide Last Year's Stability Assessment Cited by Mayor After Street Collapse


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