LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - If you live near an old, boarded-up house, you may not have to deal with it too much longer; the Texas National Guard will be demolishing dilapidated homes in Laredo.
Police and Border Patrol said the houses the National Guard will demolish are being used as drug houses and for other illegal activities. The National Guard said it focuses on abandoned homes, near schools, to protect children in the community.
The money to demolish the houses comes from federal and local drug busts. When a bust is made, the property is sold and a portion of the money goes to getting rid of problem buildings, in neighborhoods.
“These are things that are requested by the home owners and it's great because it's no cost to them. So they get us to come in and knock down the structures and haul away the debris for free. And then the city also gets to participate and show the community, 'hey this is what we are doing to keep you safe and help clean up this place."
The Texas National Guard has been doing this since 1993. They have demolished over 1400 homes in the state of Texas.
Right now, they have 28 homes that are scheduled to be demolished, in Laredo. They hope to increase that to as many as 40. All of this will happen in late May.