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Crews make progress cleaning Santa Ynez Riverbed

Posted at 8:51 PM, Nov 14, 2018

Lompoc police say progress is being made as crews clear out the Santa Ynez Riverbed.

Chief Pat Walsh posted three photos on Instagram Wednesday and said the area is “starting to look like nature again thanks to our contractors.”

The photos show piles of trash and debris that will be removed from the riverbed.

Police evicted homeless people from the riverbed earlier this year and set up a temporary triage center to help those who were evicted. It was open for one month.

Since its closure, police have made a number of arrests for trespassing in the riverbed.

Crews have also been cleaning the riverbed to try to restore it to its natural state.

The city declared a state of emergency for the riverbed cleanup, which it says could cost more than $500,000.

Lompoc riverbed cleanup
Photo Courtesy: Lompoc Police
Lompoc riverbed cleanup
Photo Courtesy: Lompoc Police
Lompoc riverbed cleanup
Photo Courtesy: Lompoc Police