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Robstown busy trying to clean up distressed properties

Posted: 7:28 PM, Jul 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-18 20:28:44-04

Irma Luna lives in a  home on Washington Ave in Robstown.

She takes pride in her home, but the house across the street and next door are owned by the same couple, who appear to be hoarders and Luna says they are living in filthy and unhealthy conditions.

"We even offered to help him clean the yard. To get a big dumpster and we would help him," said Luna.

But Luna says the owner refused. That was 15 years ago and things have gotten worse.

"I have grandkids. I cant take them out to the backyard because we see snakes. We see possums during the day and broad daylight and rats,"  added Luna, "And I’ve been paying for pest control and I’m tired. I don’t have the money to do that."

Luna says the snakes, rats, and opossums are living here in their dilapidated structures in the back that appear to be caved in.

"How they live in that house, Sir, I don’t know," said Luna.

Robstown City Hall says they are very aware of the two homes and they are taking the due process to clean things up.

Upon going to inspect the home, we feel we have that it needs to be condemned. We empathize with the family; we empathize what they are going through and we try to be cognizant of this stuff going to, but for their protection, we feel we probably need to go a bit further," said Herman Rodriguez, the Chief Administrator for the City of Robstown.

Rodriguez says the matter will be put on the court docket and may take some time to complete.