Orange County Officials Begin Evicting Homeless Camps Along Santa Ana River

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Lisa Weber pushed her red-rimmed glasses higher on the bridge of her nose Thursday morning as she pondered how best to move her belongings off the dirt trail she has called home for months.

A encampment is shown along the Santa Ana River trail on the border of Fountain Valley and Santa Ana. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A encampment is shown along the Santa Ana River trail on the border of Fountain Valley and Santa Ana. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Her blue eyes seemed to show a glimmer of hope in contrast with her doleful expression. A friend living in a tent farther down the trail passed by and waved.

Roughly 150 homeless people who have set up camp in the past year along the quiet trail overlooking the Santa Ana River in Fountain Valley feel they’ve found safety and camaraderie there. However, beginning Friday morning, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will begin evicting them.

The county plans to permanently close the west side of the flood-control channel between 17th Street in Santa Ana and Adams Avenue in Huntington Beach as it prepares to start maintenance of flood-control district property along the trail, officials have said. That area includes the Fountain Valley encampment.

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