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No easy options for homeowners in Fort Washington slide

Tuesday - 7/1/2014, 7:09am  ET

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The slope failure on Piscataway Drive happened nearly two months ago. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

WASHINGTON -- The Fort Washington residents who were forced out of their homes after a slope failure in May were given their options at a meeting on Monday night, and none of them were well received.

When a hillside gave way on Piscataway Drive on May 4, 28 homes were evacuated; 6 were declared uninhabitable.

ABC7 reports that at a meeting Monday night, Prince George's County officials said that fixing the hill and the road would cost at least $22 million, and the county only has about half that.

They said they'd ask the state for the rest of the money, but if they get it, repairs would drive the people in all 28 homes out for six months.

The other option, if the county doesn't receive the money, is to buy out the affected homeowners, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker told ABC7.

Homeowners were upset about the situation at Monday's meeting, one saying that the road, which is county property, failed before the hillside, which is private -- not the other way around, as has been commonly reported.

Officials say they hope to get an answer from the state in about two weeks.

See a report from ABC7:

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