GALVESTON - Galveston is counting how many damaged homes have been abandoned since Hurricane Ike swamped parts of the island in 2008.
City spokeswoman Alicia Cahill says the count is expected to reach the hundreds.
The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that the city counted 14 abandoned homes on one street in Bayou Shores.
Cahill says Galveston leaders are concerned that abandoned houses will lower property values, become eyesores or attract the homeless or stray animals.
She says abandoned homes "invite mischief."
Ike slammed Galveston on Sept. 13, 2008. State officials have said Ike was the costliest natural disaster in Texas history, with overall damage topping $29 billion.
Cahill says Galveston, which has hired additional zoning inspectors to enforce city codes, may use part of a recent $160 million federal housing grant to buy some of the abandoned properties.
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