After the meeting, McCullough returned to gather clothes and take care of her two "back-alley Baltimore mutt mix" dogs, who are still living there until she can find them foster care.

Her neighbor, Nels Schumacher, 32, was headed to the airport Friday afternoon to pick up his fiancee, Jenna Cataldo, who had been in Boston to buy her wedding dress.

Schumacher said he told Cataldo what happened to their street and even sent photos, but she didn't believe him.

Schumacher has been staying with his father near Belvedere Square, but it's not a convenient location for Cataldo, a nurse in the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

"Especially now that we're down to one vehicle," said Schumacher, whose Saturn station wagon rolled into the rail bed, landing upside down.

Schumacher, a student in environmental sustainability at the University of Baltimore, said he came away from Friday's meeting dissatisfied.

"Really what we need, what everyone is waiting for, is to meet with the mayor, meet with the engineers, CSX, the people that can give us any information as to the structural soundness of the house, what the time frame of the engineering project will be," he said. "There was no one there like that to answer those questions. So we still have no answers."

He said the city seems to be doing what it can right now, offering vouchers and other emergency assistance, but the long term is what concerns him.

"It was kind of exciting at first," Schumacher said, noting that he had heard from a friend in Egypt who saw him on CNN. "But then the reality of the whole thing sets in."