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Collapsed Retaining Wall Forces Families from Their Homes

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Published on Dec 23, 2013

COVINGTON, Ky. (Brad Underwood) -- It's been seven days since four families were forced out of their home in Covington after a water main break and the collapse of a retaining wall. According to Covington city officials, it will be several more weeks before there's even a possibility of them moving back in. Peggy Owings has lived on Caroline street since 1942, except for this week. I just don't know what else to say, it's just one hell of a mess, said Owings. The wall still isn't fixed and the upcoming rain could cause more problems for construction crews. The timeline for full repairs is up in the air according to Covington engineers as they wait for soil test results to begin the bulk of the construction. However, Owings says no one is telling her what's going on or when she may be able to move back home. I think they should let us know what the hell they are going to do or what's coming down, said Owings. But Owings says she's in the dark with no information on repairs or assistance for temporary housing. Now, Owings has enlisted help from her friend and attorney Gailen Bridges. Bridges says he can't get any information from the city about what's going on, who's responsible or help for those displaced. Bridges does however believe he knows who is at fault. I believe it's a city street, a city wall and a city contractor, so I would imagine it would be the city, said Bridges. Covington officials say these repairs are a top priority and crews will be working faster than usual for a project like this. I think our timeline is we'd like to get the project started around the first week of January, January sixth week, said Mike Yeager, Covington City Engineer. Covington officials say they don't know who is responsible for the collapse of the retaining wall, but the city plans to pay to fix the problem. However, if someone else is determined to be responsible, Covington says it will go to court to try and get its money back.

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