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Cleanup still underway along Springwater Corridor

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As week three of the Springwater Corridor cleanup begins, many are concerned about whether the project is more than just a temporary solution.

On Sept. 1, the City of Portland began clearing mounds of garbage and debris from the Springwater Corridor.

An estimated 500 campers were asked to leave, but with Portland shelters facing over-crowding, many did not have a place to go.  

“From what I hear the shelters are full and there’s a waiting list,” said Tim Scott, a camper who has moved to another part of the city.  

Residents throughout the metro area have reported an uptick in homeless near them.

One Tualatin homeowner was surprised to find a homeless camp in a wooded area behind her home.

“I do feel unsafe now that I know there’s people walking around back there,” said homeowner Linda Weiland.

Crews Monday plan to tackle the Beggars Tick Wildlife Refuge area. Cleanup crews have already cleared nearly 20 dump trucks of trash and almost 1,900 needles from the trail. 

City officials said park rangers are continuously monitoring the area to keep homeless campers from coming back. 

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