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Crews Work to Repair Collapsed Retaining Wall

COVINGTON, Ky. (Tiffany Wilson) -- Progress for a collapsed retaining wall that displaced four families has begun.

Friday, crews drilled for soil samples that will be analyzed before construction plans are finalized. 

No little dutch boy can put a finger on this retaining wall.

The gap created after last week's water main break and wall collapse on Caroline Avenue is large enough to walk through. We don't know if the water main caused the wall to shift or vise versa.  Either way families had to be moved out of four homes nearby.

"This is the priority for the city right now."

Fixing the wall is absolutely a priority.  Normally it takes a long time to get the drill needed for a project like this.  But the crew at the site Friday were in Chicago Thursday night.  They stopped that project, drove overnight and started work Friday in Covington.

Right now crews are drilling 25-foot holes to get soil samples.  Analyzing the soil will help engineers finalize designs for the new retaining wall.

"I think our timeline is we'd like to get the project started around the first week of January, January sixth I think."

Best case scenario?  The displaced families could move back in mid to late January.  Unfortunately, Covington's city engineer says this weekend's rainy forecast complicates things.

"With the rain, our biggest concern is we're trying to keep as much water out of the slide area as possible."

The vulnerable area is covered with tarps.  New pipes direct downspout rainwater away from the retaining wall.  But only time will tell if this weekend's rain will add to the damage of last week's water main break.
The water district and the city of Covington are working together on the repairs to the retaining wall.




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