SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A day after the city of Eugene told homeless campers they needed to leave their site at Broadway and Hillyard, the city of Springfield cleared out homeless campers along the Willamette River.
The Springfield Police Department said it gets calls about illegal homeless campers daily, which is why it’s now clearing out some homeless camps on the banks of the Willamette River.
Police said a camp behind the Momentive Chemical Company on 2nd Street was a problem for multiple reasons. On top of tresspassing, trash and human waste was quickly piling up costing land owners tens of thousands of dollars to clean. It was also causing environmental concerns since the trash was so close to the Willamette River.
Police said community members helped pick up the mess. “We’ve had help along the way from some community members as far as resources and we actually had a jet boat that helped to clean out the trash from the campsites,” said Springfield Police Sgt. Pete Kirkpatrick.
Five people were arrested at the campsite charged with trespassing and littering.
Police said they will continue checking the area along the river as well as other places around town to cite people who are trespassing and illegally camping.