East Peoria landslide victims still waiting on answers

By Chad Weber

May 8, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Nearly three weeks later, Homeowners in East Peoria displaced from landslides are still looking for answers from the city.

At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, homeowners of Kaitlin Court were told by the city that no taxpayer dollars will be used to aid them.

The city has hired engineers to determine whether or not the homes are salvageable.

Homeowners we spoke to said they feel the houses should have never been built there in the first place.

"In '92 when my house was built," said landslide victim Shama Severinsen, "It was approved and it was deemed safe. Now they are saying okay well we have different building guidelines now, we would never have approved this now. It's like okay you can approve all the rules now that you want. That does not help the houses that were built back then when those rules were applied."

"Looking back, would these homes be allowed to be constructed?" said East Peoria Director of Planning and Development Ty Livingston. "I think there would be more information required. The historical information does not show anything that indicated the home site was unstable or unsafe to begin with."

If the homes are not deemed salvageable by the engineers, they will be demolished, possibly at the cost of the homeowners.

Victims of the landslide said they do not expect taxpayer dollars to aid them personally, but they do expect the city to fix the problem so this will not happen again.

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