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Chico Public Works and Police continue to clear out homeless camps in Bidwell Park

On Wednesday, Chico Police Department and Public Works cleared out another homeless encampment east of Highway 99 in Lower Bidwell Park.

Posted: Mar 3, 2021 6:49 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2021 4:43 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Homeless camps continue to be cleared out in the city of Chico. Wednesday afternoon, the city cleared out Bidwell Park.

Erik Nielsen lives nearby. He walks through the Bidwell Park area every day. He has seen a lot.

“It wasn’t just one tent it was kind of like two or three people in one area like a family,” Nielsen explained. “There were signs in the woods that were pointing with an arrow to JBL’s house.”

Nielsen said he is relieved that something is being done about the trash. He also said he understands that people are going through hard times.

Director of Public Works for the city of Chico, Erik Gustafson, said they cleaned up 30 cubic yards of trash which is the equivalent to 170 33-gallon trash bags.

Related: Chico Police start to clear out homeless camps in Lower Bidwell

“We find everything you could unfortunately imagine, and the environmental impacts are really just alarming the stuff that we find,” Gustafson said. “Of course, human waste, household materials, chemicals that shouldn’t be spread into the environment, batteries, and needles.”

Public Works and the Chico Police Department said since there is so much trash left behind in the parks, they will eventually have to come back to these areas to do a more thorough clean-up.

Chico Police also said they are storing items for campers who had things they wanted to keep but couldn't bring with them. Those items will be kept in the back of the Police Department's parking lot for up to 90 days.

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