EUREKA - Two fires broke out in Eureka’s Palco Marsh Monday night. This comes after all homeless illegally camping in the area were officially evicted Monday and cleanup began.
The Eureka Police Department, city departments and multiple agencies were deployed to accomplish the operation. After homeless vacated, efforts to remove abandoned tents, and furniture took place and over 88,000 pounds of garbage was collected. Tuesday those efforts continued. As for the homeless, not all of them chose to relocate to shelters being offered; many took their belongings and hit the streets. Monday night, one individual was caught dumping property downtown in a business owner’s yard and two fires broke out in the marsh. Police Chief Andrew Mills says that type of behavior will not be tolerated.
"We're going to continue cleaning up operations and now that most of the police activity is done, most of the officers are going to spread out all over town checking the places where we frequently get campers. So we're going to continue vigorously enforcing the law, making sure we don't get displacement where people get entrenched and have the problem all over again. So we've got plans in place and we're going to execute those plans today," said Mills.
By: Sierra Jenkins