May 2, 2014

Have you seen this yet? A street in Baltimore's Charles Village neighborhood collapsed onto nearby train tracks from all the rain Tuesday, illustrating two of my pet peeves: Global warming (because come on, everyone knows it's not normal for Pensacola, Florida to get 24 inches of rain in one day) and our crumbling infrastructure.

Global warming is here, and we ain't nowhere near ready:

Kevin Harris, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said he did not know how many houses or people are affected by the continued evacuation order in Charles Village. He said city officials will meet with residents Friday morning.

A sidewalk and retaining wall on 26th Street in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood buckled and caved in Wednesday afternoon, swallowing a streetlight and more than half a dozen cars. No one was injured.

William M. Johnson, director of Baltimore’s Department of Transportation, said at a news conference that sonar testing to check the ground’s integrity and a video assessment of the area will begin on Saturday. The street will not reopen before those assessments are completed, he said.

Crews will begin stabilizing the area, a process Johnson said it will take 8 to 10 days.

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