Hundreds in Prince George’s Left Homeless by Earthquake - NBC4 Washington

Hundreds in Prince George’s Left Homeless by Earthquake



    The Virginia earthquake left some residents of Prince George’s County, Md., homeless Tuesday night.

    About 250 residents of an apartment building at 3208 Curtis Drive was shook so that it is structurally unsound. Construction crews and structural engineers are working to repair the cracks the earthquake caused closing an apartment building on Curtis Drive in Prince George’s County, Md. At least one resident spent the night in the parking lot waiting for an opportunity to get inside.

    A Temple Hills apartment building at 3103 Good Hope Road also was closed because of earthquake damage. Residents were allowed in briefly to pick up necessities Wednesday.

    Prince George's County activated its emergency operations center to coordinate all government agencies in the wake of the earthquake. It has arranged for a shelter at the Hillcrest Heights recreational center for those left homeless with nowhere else to stay.

    The American Red Cross was assisting about 50 displaced residents at the rec center Monday morning, the AP reported. About 120 people initially sought shelter there, according to a Red Cross volunteer.

    Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker visited the shelter at the Hillcrest Heights Community Center, where the 79 displaced people spent the night. After meeting with county agency heads, Baker gave an optimistic forecast for the displaced residents.