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BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The shock continues for residents of a Baltimore neighborhood who watched as their cars, sidewalks and street collapse into a railroad trench.

The spectacular infrastructure failure has turned into a nightmare with no end in sight. Residents of the 22 homes that were affected by the collapse have been told they won't be allowed back into their homes for as many as 40 days.

Forced out of a block of brightly colored houses known affectionately as Pastel Road, innocent victims of the infrastructure failure are unhappy with city bureaucracy.

Baltimore city officials told residents the bad news and offered some assistance like hotel vouchers. The residents aren't permitted inside their homes because there's no gas and no water.

Residents say they sent emails about the road long before the disaster.

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