The number of homeless encampments seen along the Flamingo Arroyo Trail is something 8 News Now keeps tabs on. The county promised to increase patrols in the area, and by the end of the week, they would have cleaned some of the bridge and trail.
With the support of other county authorities, Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom was able to fulfill his promise to clean the bridge and trail along Desert Inn and Pecos.
“I use to utilize those bridges,”
Kathy, a local worker, said.
“My husband and I would take our dogs for walks so it’s a good thing they are cleaning it up,”
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Nathan Beasley, a resident of the Cottonwood Creek Apartments just under the bridge, said that he understands how difficult it is for residents in the area, but he just wants to be able to enjoy his neighborhood again.
“I just feel for the people, but sometimes I do need a break from it all. I want to be able to walk my son across the bridge and see the view and not fear for my safety,”
Segerblom heard such calls for assistance from locals. The county made its move on Wednesday, giving individuals on the bridge and along the trail notice that they would have to remove their goods.
“The key is the monitoring on a daily basis, so we don’t just move the unhoused and have them come back,”
Commissioner Segerblom said.
“The problem is we’re not really curing the homeless problem, we’re just moving it so going forward we have to figure out a way to have places where people can move,”
Metro and Park Police will be patrolling the area, and 8 News Now has learned that they intend to begin cleanup and removal operations near Boulder Highway and Nellis very shortly.