LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW) -- The dispute over a clear cut patch of bluff land remains a hot topic in the Township of La Crescent.
The owners of the land, in the Crescent Hills neighborhood, hired a contractor to chop down trees on the property ahead of the anticipated construction of a house.
The town has an ordinance in place prohibiting the clear-cutting of bluff lands. But the township's zoning administrator has acknowledged the ordinance was overlooked and the clear cut property's owner was never directly told that chopping down the trees was not permitted.
While neighbors of the property remain concerned about the aesthetics, those below saw significant sediment runoff over the weekend caused by the chopped down trees.
A family living almost directly below the patch of bare land said it has never had issued with runoff in 20 years of living at the bottom of the bluff.
But Friday night's rains led to tree trunks, sand, dirt and even melon-sized rocks ending up in the family's backyard.
Attorney Sarah Fortune, who represents the family, said her clients are hoping action will be taken on the barren property to prevent further runoff.
"What you saw is from a very typical fall rainstorm," Fortune said. "So when there's a foot of snow up there melting, and we have spring rain showers, I think the obvious conclusion is it could be much, much worse."
The township board had ordered the clear cut property's owner to implement an erosion plan approved by expert engineer(s) in August. Fortune said she believes the erosion plan has been laid out and approved, but does not know if any measures have been implemented.
She said her clients expect the plan will include silt fences, possible retaining walls, and the re-planting of grasses and trees.
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