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'Tent City' residents evicted from Tyler overpass

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Dozens of people were rounded up from a makeshift 'Tent City' near a Tyler overpass on Monday night.

It happened at an area on East Bow Street, near the Beckham overpass in north Tyler. 

People who run a ministry for the tent city tell KLTV 7 that railroad police evicted between thirty and fifty people who had been living on the property.

They say Union Pacific owns the property, and several incidents that did not involve the tent city residents got the railroad's attention, forcing the evictions.

"Once they found out, they gave notifications to the people that live here, telling them they have to move out," said John Walton, who helped to care for the people evicted Monday night.

"Tonight, they came out and talked to the people living here, letting them know they had to move out tonight."

Walton tells KLTV 7 arrangements are being made to find places to stay for the people who were evicted.

He adds that ministry leaders will meet on Tuesday to discuss a more long-term solution. 

Union Pacific officials confirmed that they spoke to tent city organizers in December, and put up signs telling people that they were trespassing and they would be evicted, citing safety issues.

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