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Tualatin homeowner discovers homeless camp behind home

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Tualatin homeowners say a homeless camp is growing in a wooded area where Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 intersect.

"I would see some things along the freeway," said homeowner Linda Weiland. "A bike, a tent ... I didn't think too much of it but I knew it was behind me."

Weiland and her daughter, Sarah Bentley, hiked down the hill that connects their backyard, the wooded area and freeway. They took photographs of tents, trash and boxes barely camouflaged beneath the trees.

"I do feel unsafe now that I know there's people walking around back there," Weiland said.

It’s not an easily accessible area and Weiland is concerned about the campers’ well-being.

"There’s no water out there, no electricity out there, no sewer out there," she said. "Whatever these people are doing out there is like living in a Third World country and it’s not right."

Weiland has reached out to Tualatin Police Department, who replied to Fox 12's inquiries. A police spokesperson said the department is aware of the situation and had an officer check the area. They added that the department will work with the city’s Operations Department to develop a future cleanup plan.

Weiland also reached out to the Oregon Department of Transportation, which confirmed the wooded area is its responsibility. According to ODOT, camping on its right-of-way is illegal and have already posted obligatory notices, letting campers know they need to vacate.

Though Weiland is glad there is improvement, she knows there are other campers who remain on the property.

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