CHICO, Calif. -

Homeless camps were cleared out Thursday morning along the Lindo Channel in Chico.  It was an unpleasant experience, to say the least.

"You find fecal matter, needles, pornography.  You name it, it's down there," said Shane Romain, the city's senior park ranger.

By day's end the City removed seven dump truck loads of filth.  Meanwhile neighbors said they fear those who lived there and have reported burglaries.

Raymond Dreiss has owned his home for 32 years.  He bought it because of the Lindo Channel.  

"Oh, yeah.  It was beautiful down there," said Dreiss. "Kids played down there. They rode their bikes, made forts and played."

"Now people are afraid to go down there," added Dreiss.

Dreiss and other neighbors said they're concerned that the homeless will return.

"They may or they may not," said Roman. "Clean-ups like this really send a message that it's not OK for people to be camping in those areas."