Neighbors talk wash woes near Oracle, Ft. Lowell

Neighbors talk wash woes near Oracle, Ft. Lowell

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - People who live and work near two city of Tucson washes near Oracle and Ft. Lowell are concerned about safety.

Michael Moore II has watched the homeless take old mattresses and couches dumped on the side of the road and use them to make camp in the washes under Oracle Road.

"My biggest worry is they're going to cause a dam down there (when it rains) and it's going to back up into my neighborhood or worst-case scenario, one of them is going to drown," Moore said.

Moore claims he has reached out to city officials about the issues. He said they've responded, but "kicking them out and citing them for trespassing them is not working."

Evergreen Cemetery General Manager Peter Callaghan told Tucson News Now he's been paying out of pocket to maintain the Cemetery Wash south of Ft. Lowell and Oracle for years.

"It's getting expensive and we really don't own the wash. It just runs through our property and it's the property of the city," he said.

He wrote a letter to the Ward 3 back in August asking for help.

"The wash is rapidly eroding and encroaching onto Evergreen's property each time it rains," he said.

Callaghan has had to block off roads on his property for safety reasons.

Tucson News Now reached out to Ward 3 about these concerns. Here is the response from Councilwoman Karin Ulich's aid Nick Riley, which doesn't specify when improvements could be made by.

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