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SBSD - Highland Police Department
Saturday July 13th, 2019 :: 03:54 p.m. PDT


Highland MET deputies & County Public Works spent the day cleaning & removing trash from Flood Control @ 5th/210 fwy

DATE/TIME: Saturday, July 13, 2019 / 8:00 a.m.

INCIDENT: Trespass Flood Control / Cleaning of Trash/Debris

LOCATION: 5th Street & I-210 Freeway, Highland


Work crews from the San Bernardino County Public Works Department spent most of the morning and afternoon in nearly 100-degree temperatures cleaning and removing trash and debris from the County Flood Control District (Zone 3) near 5th Street and Interstate 210 freeway. 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 currently 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 trash 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 ground water 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 free of trash and debris.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or 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 you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer: Deputy E. Campos

DR #: HI191940020
Phone No. (909)387-3700
John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Highland Police Department
26985 Base Line St
Highland, CA 92346

Emergency: 9-1-1

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