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Homeless camp cleaned up at Watt onramp

Garbage is spread on the southbound side of Watt Avenue near the Highway 50 onramp on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Four homeless people were removed Sunday by sheriff’s deputies as an inmate crew cleaned the area in Sacramento, Calif.
Garbage is spread on the southbound side of Watt Avenue near the Highway 50 onramp on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Four homeless people were removed Sunday by sheriff’s deputies as an inmate crew cleaned the area in Sacramento, Calif. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The cleanup of a small homeless encampment that created a major eyesore near the Watt Avenue onramp to Highway 50 was complete Thursday.

The cleanup started early Sunday when the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department work crew ordered a handful of homeless people camping between a row of hedges and the concrete sound wall to clear out.

The heaping pile of blankets, coolers, bikes, poles, tarps and clothing was impossible to miss as motorists zoomed by.

“There were at least a dozen homeless people with their carts and trash bags lined up along Watt Avenue between Fair Oaks and the 50 West freeway entrance,” area resident Kathy Fairbanks, told The Sacramento Bee.

Two of the campers, a couple who identified themselves as Amy Anderson and John Norton, said people had lived there for two months.

“They came (Sunday) morning and said ‘You got 10 minutes to get out,’ ” said Anderson.

Two other homeless campers left Monday. Tony Turnbull, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department, said the people at the camp refused homeless services.

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