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Seattle clears homeless camp called safety, health hazard

March 7, 2017 GMT
Mario Miller leaves a large homeless encampment known as "The Field" in his wheelchair through an entrance guarded by Seattle Police officers, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Seattle's Stadium district south of downtown. Miller, who said he lives in another encampment nearby, said he had gone to the camp to try and help a friend move to another location. After warning residents last month, city and other officials cleared everyone out of the camp Tuesday and began dismantling tents and other structures, saying the camp was rodent-infested and unsafe. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Mario Miller leaves a large homeless encampment known as "The Field" in his wheelchair through an entrance guarded by Seattle Police officers, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Seattle's Stadium district south of downtown. Miller, who said he lives in another encampment nearby, said he had gone to the camp to try and help a friend move to another location. After warning residents last month, city and other officials cleared everyone out of the camp Tuesday and began dismantling tents and other structures, saying the camp was rodent-infested and unsafe. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Mario Miller leaves a large homeless encampment known as "The Field" in his wheelchair through an entrance guarded by Seattle Police officers, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Seattle's Stadium district south of downtown. Miller, who said he lives in another encampment nearby, said he had gone to the camp to try and help a friend move to another location. After warning residents last month, city and other officials cleared everyone out of the camp Tuesday and began dismantling tents and other structures, saying the camp was rodent-infested and unsafe. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Mario Miller leaves a large homeless encampment known as "The Field" in his wheelchair through an entrance guarded by Seattle Police officers, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Seattle's Stadium district south of downtown. Miller, who said he lives in another encampment nearby, said he had gone to the camp to try and help a friend move to another location. After warning residents last month, city and other officials cleared everyone out of the camp Tuesday and began dismantling tents and other structures, saying the camp was rodent-infested and unsafe. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Mario Miller leaves a large homeless encampment known as "The Field" in his wheelchair through an entrance guarded by Seattle Police officers, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Seattle's Stadium district south of downtown. Miller, who said he lives in another encampment nearby, said he had gone to the camp to try and help a friend move to another location. After warning residents last month, city and other officials cleared everyone out of the camp Tuesday and began dismantling tents and other structures, saying the camp was rodent-infested and unsafe. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle city officials on Tuesday were clearing a homeless encampment south of downtown, calling the site a public safety and health hazard.

A city spokeswoman says there were about 28 people living at the camp known as “the Field” as of Monday. Many more have occupied that area in recent months. Julie Moore says nonprofit providers have been working with residents to get them connected to services or other shelters.

On Tuesday, residents could be seen packing belongings into trash bags, shopping carts and totes. Some got rides with Union Gospel Mission workers, while others carted their belongings to another camp down the street.

Workers were taking down tents and other structures and hauling away piles of trash.

Moore said the camp has had issues with garbage, crime and a rat infestation that couldn’t be fixed with people still living there.