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Fort Washington residents from 28 homes in the Piscataway Hills community were evacuated Monday after slope failure on Piscataway Drive left the residences deemed “unfit” and “unsafe.”

The weekend slope failure caused a road to buckle, a water main to break and sewage failure, said Scott Peterson, a spokesman for County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D).

“Between the 28 homes, six of them were deemed unsafe because they were on or near the slope failure while the other 22 homes were deemed unfit because the road is shut down and they have no water and no sewage,” Peterson said. “For fire protection services, we can’t get to them.”

The county’s Department of Family Services, Department of Environmental Resources, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and several other agencies are working together to resolve problems caused by the road collapse, Peterson said.

“The number one priority of the county right now is the safety of the residents that live in this area,” Peterson said Monday afternoon. “There is continued deterioration of the land and the road.”

The Office of Emergency management has established a temporary reception center for residents affected by the collapse.

“We’re still assessing how long it will take for the residents to return to their homes,” Peterson said. “Right now there is no estimated time.”