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Help needed to solve Tyler Estates flooding

The money isn't rolling in to the city of Bemidji for help in solving Tyler Estates flooding.

City staff met recently with representatives from Beltrami County; Bemidji Township; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; the developer of Tyler Estates, Steve Hill; engineers and the Soil and Water Conservation District.

"Personally, I thought it was a fairly disappointing meeting," City Manager John Chattin reported to the Bemidji City Council Monday evening. "Not a lot of people were clamoring to the table wanting to assist."

But, there are some possibilities for partnerships. Chattin said the DNR has offered some assistance and the Bemidji Township board will consider funding assistance during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.

Springtime flooding of homes in the Tyler Estates development has prompted the city to being looking at its options.

The City Council has committed $9,000 toward a study that will evaluate the flooding that occurred and consider options for the area.

Another $27,000 is needed to complete a second phase of the study, which would develop contour mapping.

But a larger price tag looms: $750,000 to $1 million to fund any solution identified.

The city has tried to be supportive of affected homeowners, but has said it wouldn't be able to fund such a pricey solution without help.

Chattin said the opportunities for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency do not seem to be significant.