Orange County Notifies Homeless Camped Out Near Santa Ana Riverbed

Dozens of homeless people camped out on the west bank of the Santa Ana River near the Honda Center in Anaheim will be asked to move. The Orange County Public Works office posted notices on July 12th that gave the people living there until Monday, July 17th, to relocate. 

The notices were posted for those living north of Katella Avenue to a railroad bridge crossing the river bed. About 60 tents were inhabited by homeless people at the site which is located on a stretch of sandy dirt part of the flood control district. 

Orange County Public Works spokesman Shannon Weedor says about 40 people live in tents next to a riverbed. 

"We're asking folks to voluntarily comply, and move from this area. And during that time, we're trying give as much time as possible to pick up their belongings and relocated to another area." 

The notices say that the public works department will be installing security fencing and a gate to prohibit access to the river bed. Outreach workers from the Orange County Sheriff's Department along with the County's Health Care Agency are on hand to help expedite the evictions. 

Some homeless people say they've been living there in tents and other shelters for months. Many say they don’t know where to go. Officials say the land is not open to the public. 

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