BROOKINGS, Ore. - The road department hauled 7 dump truck loads of garbage Wednesday from a transient camp on property owned by Curry County, the sheriff's office said.
"Each load of trash and debris cost an average of $600.00 to dump," Sheriff John Ward said in a statement. "Crew members doing the cleanup said there were hundreds of rats that ran out into the brush from all the garbage at the site. Crew members also cut down some trees and brush in order to get to all the trash."
The sheriff's office went to the property near South Bank Chetco and Lower Harbor roads Wednesday around noon to make sure the camp was clear.
One man - 49-year-old Garry Roberts Jr. - "was asked several times to leave and he refused to cooperate with law enforcement so he was arrested for trespass and depositing trash within a hundred yards of a waterway," the sheriff's office said.
Deputies cited Roberts and released him from jail the next day.
"Code Enforcement and the Road Department did an outstanding job on getting the mess cleaned up and they expect to continue with our transient dump sites," Sheriff Ward said.