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Crews take to trail for second day of Springwater clearing

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Cleaning crews are expected to be back on the trail Friday for the second day of the Springwater Corridor clearing.

Portland city officials said more than 70 homeless were moved out of the area Thursday, joining the hundreds that had previously moved days earlier.

Crews worked to clear the trail of garbage and personal belongings. They said in just the first day, they filled a 40 yard dumpster and collected about 500 needles.   

City leaders said about 70 beds in two shelters were made available specifically for those coming off of the Springwater Corridor, but there are growing concerns that there is simply not enough room for everyone.

Many believe that a large number of the estimated 500 people previously living along the Springwater trail have moved to other parts of the city.

Although neighbors are pleased to see progress, some homeowners like Patricia Cooke believe the homeless population will not stay away for long.

“When we heard they were going to close it up again and get the Springwater Corridor clear, it’s like, they are going to come back here,” said Cooke.

The City of Portland officials said about 60 more beds at other shelters will be made available for Springwater campers in the coming days.

The new homeless shelter Terminal 1, set to open in October, will house around 400 people.

Crews said it could take about a week to clear all of the garbage and debris from the Springwater Corridor.

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