South Lake Tahoe clears out homeless camps near Upper Truckee River |

South Lake Tahoe clears out homeless camps near Upper Truckee River

City personnel removed debris from homeless camps along the Upper Truckee River last summer.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — City personnel have removed a group of homeless encampments along the Upper Truckee River.

The abandoned homeless camps, which according to the city consisted of trash and other debris, were located in the Truckee River Meadow area behind Motel 6.

The camps drew the ire of some residents who took to social media throughout the summer to complain about public safety and sanitation concerns, among others.

Working with the nonprofit Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, South Lake Tahoe police officers had been contacting homeless people in the meadow for several months with the hope of connecting them to services.

Officials advised those in the meadow that the camps posed public safety concerns stemming from illegal fires, human waste and trash, according to the city.

During those discussions some in the meadow began moving their possessions on their own.

After receiving permission from the property owner, city personnel went to the site and removed roughly 40 yards of debris from the area on Aug. 2, according to the city.

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