East Peoria residents look to city council for aid

By WEEK Producer

April 30, 2013 Updated Apr 30, 2013 at 11:01 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill -- Four families are displaced in East Peoria after a landslide deemed their homes unstable for living.

Tuesday night, the East Peoria City Council met with the dozens of community members who were effected by last week's massive landslide, caused by heavy rain. Three families on Kaitlyn Court and one family on Sunnybrook Drive were forced to move out of their homes for the time being.

Displaced residents are reaching out for help from the city, saying insurance companies have turned them away. City officials say they will help them in their firsts steps of, what is likely to be, a long recovery.

"We all feel horrible for them," said Gary Denseberger, East Peoria Commissioner of Finance. "I've visited the homes. I can't imagine how I would respond to it, but we will do what we can to help. "

"I know that they would like to do something to help," said Maureen Severinsen whose daughter's home was damaged.
"They know that the community bonds together, but this is too big. We've talked to a lot of engineers. All of them tell us to run."

The East Peoria City Council encourages those effected to fill out paperwork for State and Federal aid.