Work crews from the San Bernardino County Public Works Department spent most of the morning and afternoon on Saturday, July 13, in nearly 100-degree temperatures cleaning and removing trash and debris from the County Flood Control District (Zone 3) near Fifth Street and State Route 210.
Personnel from the city of Highland Code Enforcement Division and deputies assigned to the Multiple Enforcement Team (MET) at the Highland Police Department assisted with the task. Defendants fulfilling their community service and work release obligations through the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Work Release Program were utilized to clean the flood control.
Section 28.010/011 of the San Bernardino County Code prohibits the trespassing in the local flood control channels. Typically, persons who are found to be lodging unlawfully are given a 72-hour notice to vacate the land. In this case, several subjects were contacted and warned by officials to leave the area about two weeks ago. About eight people refused to vacate and remained. They were escorted out of the flood control by officials.
Work crews removed several mounds of rubbish and debris from the flood control. People who camp within the flood control create hazardous situations and damage the environment. Often, hundreds of pounds of trash and foreign debris are discarded near or into the water table. This creates a hazardous situation where the groundwater and run-off systems become contaminated by people bathing, defecating/urinating, introducing chemicals and cleaning agents into the ground water.
The Highland Police Department will continue to assist other public agencies in the effort of keeping our flood controls safe and clean.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Highland Police Department at (909) 425-9793. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or leave information at wetip.com.