The 18 North Carolina families displaced by a landslide are still waiting for their road to be cleared and the ground above their homes to be stabilized before they can return.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Sunday that the company that owns the top of the mountain has declared bankruptcy and may not be able to pay for the stabilization work.
And even if the company can pay, some say the area is simply prone to landslides and would still be unsafe.
Those who want more restrictions on mountaintop development say the landslide creates new momentum for law changes, but it still may not be enough.
On Feb. 5, a 30-foot wall of mud and rocks swept down Buck Mountain clearing a swath 175 feet wide in places.