Kansas City homeless city: Group found living underground and in crude camps
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 21:17 EST, 8 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:31 EST, 9 April 201
Below the streets of Kansas City, there are deep underground tunnels where a group of vagrant homeless people lived in camps.
These so-called homeless camps have now been uncovered by the Kansas City Police, who then evicted the residents because of the unsafe environment.
Authorities said these people were living in squalor, with piles of garbage and dirty diapers left around wooded areas.
Underground city: A group of homeless people outside of Kansas City had been burrowing in tunnels up to 25 ft deep
Investigation: Kansas City Police went down in the holes after discovering squalid living conditions in a nearby encampment
Squatting: A nearby above-ground settlement crudely made with an old mattress and logs
According to the KMBC, police first noticed there were soiled diapers around what looked like encampments, meaning that children could be exposed to unsafe living conditions.
Kansas City policeman Jason Cooley told the paper that officers found a series of winding underground tunnels and were directed there because of a recent crime spree.
‘One of the tunnels probably went 20 to 25 feet underground towards the back and veered off in another direction about six feet or so,’ he told the Kansas City Star, adding that they discovered candles and bedding as well in some of the cavern’s alcoves.
It is unclear who exactly the homeless people are, or how they dug such deep entrenchments.
Another sort of shanty-town was found nearby.
Filth: The homeless suburb was broken up by police; those living there have been given assistance by a local mission
Wave of crime: Police said that people living at one of the encampments have been stealing copper
Bedding: Authorities found dirt-covered pillows and sheets in some of the winding burrows
Authorities said that the thieves have stolen copper from a nearby grain mill, and according to KMBC, millions of dollars-worth of the crop are at risk of spoiling.
Residents of both were told they needed to vacate the premises, and a ministry organization was on-site to assist any homeless people with shelter needs.
The holes were closed up last Friday after a police robot searched the caverns.
Moonshine: A discarded liquor bottle was found in the camp
...as were piles of dirty clothes and pieces of paper
Down the hole: One of the holes to an underground portion; the burrows were later filled in by police
Camp nowhere: It is unclear who these people are
There are a lot of pictures at the link which I didn't cut and paste. It's so sad. Makes me think more of our tax dollars should be spent helping our own hard-up citizens. Also makes me feel very fortunate because I have a roof over my head and warm beds for my family.
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