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L.A. County homeless encampment dismantled

Posted: September 13, 2013 11:00 a.m.
Updated: September 13, 2013 11:00 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have dismantled a large Los Angeles County homeless encampment, citing public safety threats.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports ( ) Thursday's sweep along the San Gabriel River east of South El Monte was advertised and posted weeks in advance.

About 150 people lived in the makeshift village just north of the 60 Freeway.

Sheriff's Capt. Chris Nee says the ousted men and women were offered county resources including mental health programs, substance abuse counseling and veterans' services.

Nee says the riverbed sweep was advertised and posted weeks in advance to let those living there know they would have to vacate the area.

Officials say people who lived along the riverbed faced sanitation issues and were at risk of flash flooding.

The Salvation Army offered temporary housing.



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