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Latonia Water Main Break Forces Four Families From Their Homes

LATONIA, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- An early morning water main break trashed a section of Caroline Avenue and forced the city to indefinitely evacuate four homes. 

A 6-inch water main broke in the 3400 block of Caroline as the street dips down to go under the railroad tracks.  An 8-foot concrete retaining wall along the street pulled apart ripping steps, sidewalks and large chunks of residential yards. 

The wall collapse broke a gas supply line and 8 homes were evacuated.

Residents first noticed the leak and wall movement about 5:30 this morning and called police and fire.  Peggy Owings has lived at 3407 Caroline since 1943 and says she thought she'd seen it all.

"I've been here when the soldiers went by on the train and waved as they were going down the Fort Knox. I've about seen it all here in Latonia but this is the worst I've ever seen."

Owings' home is one of four that remained evacuated Friday afternoon.  Their front yards, sidewalks and steps were yanked away when the wall leaned toward the street.  The water, electricity and gas to the four homes was cut off. 

Firefighters escorted the residents into their homes about 11 o'clock so they could drain their water lines to prevent freezing and grab some belongings.  The Red Cross has found them places to stay.

"Right now they're just in a spot of trying to figure out how they're going to shore them up before people get back in their homes.  None of the houses have slipped and there's been no structural damage to the homes,"  Covington Fire Battalion Chief John Martin said Friday morning.

"The engineers are working on a plan to get everything shored up temporarily so they can start running new utilities.  Until that time those people in the four families will be out of their homes."

The Northern Kentucky Water district says it is investigating the water leak and is not yet sure what caused it.

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