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Months, millions to fix mudslide wrecked riverbank by U

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Geofabric at hospital
A "geofabric" tarp covers the area where a mudslide occurred near the University of Minnesota's Fairview Medical Center above West River Parkway Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Minneapolis.
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It will cost an estimated $4.2 million to repair and rebuild a mudslide-damaged bank below the University of Minnesota's Fairview Medical Center campus, officials said Thursday.

  Engineers are leaning toward an underground structure to reinforce the bank, said Mary Edwards, Fairview's vice president of public policy.

• Earlier: Officials say U hospital by mudslide is safe, but more rain brings worry

  "We're going to have to put in horizontal and vertical steel beams to actually terrace all the way down to the hill," Edwards said. "That's just one piece of it."

  No final concept has been approved, but Edwards expects the bank repairs to take two to three months.

  Hennepin County Parks and the City of Minneapolis also own portions of the bank under the hospital. Officials with Fairview, the county and city will meet with the Federal Emergency Management Agency Wednesday to assess damage.