Springwater neighbor ‘going to move’ despite cleanup

Work crews won't move on until cleanup is complete

Trash seen on Johnson Creek along the Springwater Corridor, September 6, 2016 (KOIN)
Trash seen on Johnson Creek along the Springwater Corridor, September 6, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Work crews are continuing their cleanup efforts along the Springwater Corridor, days after the city forced dozens of campers out.

One homeowner tells KOIN 6 News he’s been dealing with trash and other things left behind near Johnson Creek, basically his backyard, for months. On Tuesday he was happy to learn the city won’t stop cleaning up until the work is done.

“This is awesome to see this finally cleaned up,” James Tompkins said.

City officials say crews have already cleaned up over 200 needles, 3.5 gallons of urine, 3 gallons of motor oil, a gallon of fecal matter and 16 propane tanks at the field.

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Still, Tompkins says he’s not sure the homeless problem is solved.

“I think this is it for us… we’re done,” he said. “We’re selling, we’re going to move.”

Tompkins admits the homeless camps will most likely be a huge issue when it comes time for him to sell his home. KOIN 6 News will check in with him in a few weeks.

Trash seen on Johnson Creek along the Springwater Corridor, September 6, 2016 (KOIN)
Trash seen on Johnson Creek along the Springwater Corridor, September 6, 2016 (KOIN)

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