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Trees and homeless residents removed from former 'Campbell Camp'

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Inside the Campbell camp near RJ Corman Railroad's tracks. Inside the Campbell camp near RJ Corman Railroad's tracks.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Many Louisville homeless residents are left looking for new shelter because trees have been removed from one of the oldest homeless camps in town.

We introduced you to Campbell Camp in late August when homeless people living there got notice from railroad officials they were being kicked out for safety reasons.

At that time, there were at least 50 people living on the property in tents mainly along tree-lined trails.

With no other place to go, some residents hoped they could change the minds of railroad officials but this week, we're told railroad officials started tearing down trees and anything else in their path.

"Tents full of all their belongings were completely destroyed," said Tiny, a volunteer.

Tiny helps the homeless in her spare time and has spent a lot of time at Campbell Camp.

She says she was overcome with emotion when she saw it this week.

"That camp's been there for over 30 years and it's nothing but broken glass and trash everywhere and the amount of trees they've torn down -- it's devastating," she told WDRB.

Executive Director of Louisville Grows Valerie Magnuson says the removal of all those trees affects more than just the homeless.

"If we remove a thousand trees, you'll see an increase in our water bills, we'll have to pay for more air pollution control so there really has to be a greater protection for the trees that already exist," said Magnuson.

Magnuson said there's a lack of awareness with just how important trees are to an urban environment.

She think businesses who remove them should be held accountable.

"If there's going to be a thousand trees removed, the public should be informed about that before it happens instead of after the fact," she told WDRB.

Our calls to RJ Corman Railroad representatives went unanswered Thursday. However, in the past they've told us they were concerned about the safety of the camp's residents living so close to the tracks.

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