The City of Aberdeen has released more details on plans to close access to property along the Chehalis River, at the end of River Street. Mayor Erik Larson said in a press release Tuesday evening that on July 8th, 2019, the city posted the closure of the River Street property to public access pursuant to Ordinance 6645. The City intends to provide 3- day notice by the end of this week to those remaining on the property. The City will also begin to clean up garbage and debris.

On Monday, July 15th, the City will begin a comprehensive clean-up of the property that will include removal of personal property for secure storage and retrieval. City staff will follow the procedures approved at the June 26 City Council meeting. Per policy, personal property that is collected during the cleanup will be securely stored for sixty days, and if it is not claimed within that time, the City may dispose of it. Notice will be provided regarding how to retrieve personal property.

In order to facilitate the relocation of individuals and property, the City of Aberdeen will allow vehicle access through the “H” Street gate between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm starting Wednesday July 10. We ask that individuals not supporting the relocation of individuals please refrain from accessing the property and respect the public closure. The City of Aberdeen will be considering proposals for an alternative location for displaced individuals at the City Council meeting on July 10th at 7:15pm in the Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall.