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Block-long chunk of street collapses in Baltimore



BALTIMORE (AP) - A block-long section of a residential street has collapsed in Baltimore, sending cars sliding down a steep embankment onto railroad tracks and forcing the evacuation of several homes. No injuries have been reported.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake said a sidewalk and retaining wall slid with mud and debris onto railroad tracks used by CSX on Wednesday afternoon. Blake said all of the houses on the block had been evacuated, although she did not say how many.

Department of Public Works engineers were inspecting the rest of the street while gas and electric crews examined a gas line.

Rawlings-Blake said it was too soon to determine what caused the collapse. The National Weather Service says more than 3 inches of rain have fallen on the Baltimore area since Tuesday afternoon.

Cars Fall Into Huge Ditch After Baltimore Street Collapses

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rutch8 May 01 2014 at 7:02 AM

gee, god had nothing to do with this!

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edmigol rutch8 May 01 2014 at 7:10 AM

Depends on which God you worship I suppose. Money, Prejudice, etc

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ptearose2 May 01 2014 at 9:32 AM

Baltimore, MD, in my opinion, is a Beautiful City. It is troubled by some who live there. They don't always take care of things to perhaps prevent sink holes. it has happened in many cities. Sorry for those who have lost their property. We Phoenicians can expect more and more people here after these terrible storms, Tornados, and bitterly cold weather along the Eastern seaboard this past year. I'm happy to be living in the Valley of the Sun. I will take the 3 months of HEAT any old day and all of the destruction everyone else seems to have endured this past 6 months. But don't come here as we do live in the desert and we are nearing a water shortage.

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radarmannoshoes ptearose2 May 01 2014 at 9:59 AM

Good thing you have Sheffif Arpaio to run the illegals out. Otherwise, Phonenix would not be the beautiful safe city it is.

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cazsue radarmannoshoes May 01 2014 at 10:07 AM

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!! He is the UGLY, and his fellow haters.

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naojf22936 ptearose2 May 01 2014 at 10:13 AM

Sink holes can happen anywhere. This one just happened to be in Baltimore. All mankind is a sinner...not just certain people, places or things.

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Ricardo May 01 2014 at 9:33 AM

Apocalypse is here. Repent, America!

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Rhoda May 01 2014 at 9:37 AM

This is awful

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Mike May 01 2014 at 9:42 AM

I'm not sure why God would bother to punish Baltimore. It suffers enough.

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tim2plygh Mike May 01 2014 at 9:47 AM

God told me to tell you it's not her fault and that you are a moron.

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GGMA23 Mike May 01 2014 at 9:50 AM

What makes you think God is to blame for this.... not so!

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radarmannoshoes May 01 2014 at 9:51 AM

The lead-in claimed sink hole. The collapse of a retaining wall into a below grade railway is not a sink hole. That’s how I read the story.

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richsglobal radarmannoshoes May 01 2014 at 10:04 AM

Heck The Lead In Before The Headline Claimed An Entire Block!!! Talk About Headline Grabber! They Are Hurting For News Today. Lets Have Some GOOD Stuff!

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m4christ2 May 01 2014 at 9:52 AM

i dont believe that is how God punishes evil. there will be a judgement day for that. things happen naturally. maybe you could catagorize this tpe of thing under " the earth will travail for the coming of the Lord" ??

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vlddanny May 01 2014 at 10:07 AM

Another Democratic city revealing there needs to be a flat City, County, State, and Federal tax on consumption, paid at the time of purchase. EVERYBODY pays on the front end. We still help those that need and earn it on the back end. The earn it by bringing in ALL their underground income and ALL their expense receipts each quarter to keep welfare. After one year if they do not have a job, they must take one the government finds to keep getting a reduced welfare. If they do not take the job, they don't get any welfare. Obama has created a lot of jobs. They need to take them instead of waiting for them to be sent overseas or someone overseas coming in to do them.

The trillion dollar per year underground economy pays no income tax, SS tax, Medicare tax. They only pay sales tax when they spend their ill-gotten incomes. At tax time they do not report their full income so to get tax credits and tax refunds and to continue getting welfare. We desperately need a flat tax on consumption.

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mary May 01 2014 at 10:17 AM

keep on ******* the oil and gas out of the earth

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hershellness May 01 2014 at 10:20 AM

I know people who live on that street and I pass through it regularly. It was not a sink hole it was a land slide. A wall failed and the land slid away into the space below where train tracks reside.

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golffrdlrs hershellness May 01 2014 at 10:26 AM

So your saying it wasn't the wrath of god? Whew that was a close one. I was just about to sacrifice a goat.

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hmea1998 hershellness May 01 2014 at 11:31 AM

As a matter of compassionate and professional interest, do you know whether or not the retaining wall was made of interlocking non-mortar joined modular block or was it wood or was it a concrete wall?
Typically, 3 inch rainfall events are not suppose to dislodge a properly designed and constructed retaining wall. As the name "retaining" implies, such a wall is supposed to have been designed and constructed to retain or deter upland impacts from compacted fill, stormwater and other load forces that are to be considered by design professionals. From the photographic displays and from commentaries, it appears that the so-called "retaining wall" should have been designed according to the principles for designing a "dam". It is surprising that CSX RR professionals did not apparently intervene in the design and construction of the "retaining wall" which, obviously, represented a threat to the integrity and operations of the railroad.

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