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Nearly 150 people are evicted from an Orange County homeless camp

A homeless encampment near the Santa Ana River, April 21, 2017. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted June 6 to dedicate $750,000 toward a pilot project aimed at moving homeless people off the river and into permanent housing.
A homeless encampment near the Santa Ana River, April 21, 2017. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted June 6 to dedicate $750,000 toward a pilot project aimed at moving homeless people off the river and into permanent housing.
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Some 150 people are being evicted from a homeless camp near a Southern California river.

Orange County sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement arrived Friday in Fountain Valley to enforce orders to leave a miles-long stretch of dirt trail along the Santa Ana River.

Tents and makeshift dwellings along the concrete flood control channel were dismantled and people packed belongings on bikes or other vehicles.

Nearby residents have complained about trash, drug use and other problems since transients began moving in about a year ago.

The county plans to permanently close the area to the public.

Some residents say they don't know where they'll go while others plan to move north to an area near Angel Stadium in Anaheim that's not covered by the order.