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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Nearly two dozen residents are still without a home after this week’s street collapse in Charles Village. Crews from the city and CSX are out on the scene.

Monique Griego has details on what they’re investigating and when residents can finally return home.

Crews began the painstaking process Saturday of figuring out how bad the problem is and just how long it’s going to take to fix it.

Three days after a massive street collapse in Charles Village sent cars and debris tumbling into a huge hole, residents remain displaced. A chunk of E. 26th Street is still a pile of ruins.

“This is a very traumatic situation for folks–such a disaster–but there’s no loss of life, thank goodness,” said Carl Stokes, Baltimore City Councilman.

Stokes says the city and CSX both have engineers and seismologists on the disaster scene Saturday.

“Making the determination of how bad the problem is, how soon they can fix it and what needs to be done to fix it,” he said.

Because of ongoing safety concerns, almost two dozen residents were forced to pack up their belongings and leave their homes for what could be up to 40 days.

“Right now, the event is where am I staying? What do I need to be there? How are we going to get this solved efficiently?” said Mark Truelove.

As neighbors wait to find out when they will be allowed back in their homes, their block is getting a constant stream of curious onlookers.

“When I saw the video I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!'” Thomas Scott said.

Scott and his daughter came from Baltimore County to check it out.

“I just wanted to see it for myself and just to see a whole street go away and think about the homeowners that have been impacted,” he said.

Many of those residents have placed blame on the city. They’re now hoping a meeting scheduled for Tuesday will get them answers.

“Hopefully give an estimate of how much time this may last before people can get back in their homes,” Stokes said.

Stokes says he is hopeful residents will be able to return to their homes in days rather than weeks.

The mayor will also attend Tuesday’s meeting.

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