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Elton Hills ravine neighbors receive apology

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Neighbors along the Elton Hills ravine in northwest Rochester were furious last Friday when heavy machinery began removing trees behind their homes.

Now nearly all the trees along the ravine have been torn down.

The city said the project was meant to address erosion in culverts.

Neighbors said Friday they were invited to a meeting with the project manager who apologized for how the project was handled.

But they said its too little too late.  And one neighbor, Stephanie Gluska, says most of the trees were cut down in back of their family's home, and they weren't notified of a meeting at all.

"How many other people around Rochester don't know what's going on in their backyard and how many other people have no idea what could be happening when they look out the window tomorrow," said neighbor Kim Kuenck. "I mean we thought we were involved neighbors. We really did. We went to the meetings we voted every time stuff came up and we still weren't knowledgeable about what was going to happen."

Neighbors said they are still concerned with a number of plans for the project and wish they had an opportunity to address issues before the project started.

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