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Elton Hills ravine project still not complete


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Last fall neighbors along the Elton Hills ravine where angry as crews began tearing down trees in a project meant to control erosion.

Today, seven months later, we're checking back in with them to see how the project has progressed and how they feel about it now.

The land along the Elton Hills ravine looks vastly different than it did just a few months ago.

Back in November, neighbors woke up to heavy machinery tearing down trees along their backyards.

Crews replaced eroded culverts and filled the ravine with rip rock to prevent further erosion.

Today the ravine project is still not complete. While many neighbors we talked to conceded that the project does look better than they expected seven months ago, many are concerned that they lost not only privacy but also property value.

"They talked about putting trees back this summer and this spring but we haven't seen any," said neighbor Cheryl Tran. "We're just waiting for that to happen. If they don't plant anything back here we're going to have to plant all the way across our yard."

Cheryl says she has much more privacy now that the trees the crews left do have leaves, but this winter she says was a completely different story.

We spoke to another family who did not want to go on camera. They said they are trying to sell their home and have lost considerable value because of the lost trees.

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