- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Officials are notifying people living in the longtime Seattle homeless encampment known as ‘The Jungle’ that the city plans to start clearing the area Oct. 11.

The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/pdEe2B ) officials began posting notices around the encampment along Interstate 5 on Friday.

Over 200 tents were counted in the encampment earlier this year. The city estimates 42 people remain after efforts to move residents out.

Once the area is clear of people, trash and other items, the state Department of Transportation will upgrade and pave a dirt road to the area so emergency responders and bridge inspectors will have better access.

Two people were shot to death and three others in The Jungle were wounded by gunfire earlier this year.

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