June 18, 2018
Fires, floods endanger riverbottom homeless
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – City officials have initiated an effort to roust the homeless from the Santa Ana Riverbottom.

Those who lit warming fires living amid the tall vegetation are believed responsible for a series of recent fires including one last month that prompted an evacuation of neighborhoods below Mt. Rubidoux near Fairmount Park.

Police, fire, parks and recreation, code enforcement and public works departments are in the river bottom warning people living there of the pending flood danger and are clearing encampments that could pose a fire risk. Flash Flood warnings were broadcast by helicopter during the recent storm.

“Our primary concern is always our residents’ safety,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “The city has made great strides expanding outreach services, housing and support for our most vulnerable neighbors, but we must also protect neighbors living in housing near the river.”

It was announced earlier that the City is stepping up its campaign to reduce homelessness. A draft solution has been published that relies on partnerships to develop projects and programs. The city’s Office of Homeless Solutions is seeking ways to allocate scarce resources. Public comment on the draft plan is welcome through January 25th.
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