East Peoria donates items from houses struck by landslides

May 22, 2017

EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The city of East Peoria is donating items to Habitat for Humanity that were salvaged from seven households that were condemned following landslides four years ago.

 East Peoria City Council unanimously approved the donation Tuesday.

Earlier this year, the city bought the homes that been vacant since April 2013 with federal grant money. They will be gutted and stripped before being demolish. The properties will then be maintained as greenspace that can't be built on.

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Residents were only briefly allowed back into their homes in 2013 after more than 7 inches of rain caused landslides behind their homes. They left behind appliances, cabinets, bathroom vanities and fixtures, which Habitat for Humanity can salvage.