COVINGTON, Ky. -- Repair crews will likely have to build a new retaining wall in a Covington community before four families can return to their homes.
The problem started on Dec. 13 in Latonia when a water main and gas line break damaged a retaining wall along Caroline Avenue near 34th Street.
Four houses were evacuated and the families have not been allowed home yet. Caroline Avenue is also still closed to through traffic in the area.
Officials with the City of Covington and the Northern Kentucky Water District said crews are gathering data on the issue and are trying to prevent any more damage to the wall and hillside.
A temporary fix is in place, but with upcoming weather forecasts predicting high volumes of rain in the area more short-term measures are necessary.
Officials said equipment will be brought to the site Thursday to help conduct more tests. After that, workers believe they could start construction the first week of January.
Officials said they are coordinating with the various utility companies affected so the residents can return home as soon as the wall is rebuilt and the hillside is stabilized.
Crews are also still trying to determine what caused the problem.