COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — More than two years after landslides destroyed 27 Colorado Springs homes, the city is preparing to buy those properties using $5.94 million from a federal disaster declaration.

But The Gazette reports ( ) the city has issued a request for proposals to conduct “forensic engineering,” using civil and structural engineers to review how the houses and land were damaged and to what extent, further delaying the victims’ buyouts.

Bids are due in mid-October. Once a firm is selected and does the work, city officials will reorder the priority list of which homeowners get bought out first.

William Farkas, one resident whose house was flattened by a landslide, is paying two mortgages — one on the house condemned two years ago and another on the property where he’s building a house now.

Information from: The Gazette,