Report: Too costly to fix slope and homes damaged in landslide

By Audrey Wise

June 20, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- The effects of April's historic floods are still being felt across central Illinois.

A new report shows the residents of four East Peoria homes damaged in a landslide will likely never be allowed to live in those houses again.

The landslide came after the heavy rains in mid-April, ruining three homes on Kaitlyn Court and one on Sunnybrook Drive.

On Thursday, East Peoria officials released a study conducted by a Peoria Geo-technical engineering firm, Whitney and Associates.

The engineers believe buried water discharge lines were crushed, causing excess water to go directly into the soil. They call it a significant contributing factor to the slope failure.

The report concludes that there is no cost-effective way to reconstruct the slopes.

One of the affected homeowners said he questions the validity of the report.

East Peoria officials said they used a highly reputable company and stand by the report.