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Las Vegas (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard has been tasked with cleaning up and reopening thousands of abandoned, boarded-up homes in Nevada that were once homes for thousands of people but now house people of all ages and backgrounds.
In a video posted on Facebook, a Coast Guard crew works to clear out a house in Las Vegas.
In addition to the homes, the Coast Guard said it will be working with the City of Las Vegas and surrounding communities to find people who live in abandoned homes and help them relocate.
It was not immediately clear how many homes had been vacated and how many people lived in them.
The video is part of a Coast Guardship operation that began in March and includes the removal of some 300 abandoned homes in Las and surrounding cities.
The Coast Guard says it is not enforcing any specific regulations.
The Coast Guard’s mission in Nevada has been to clean up and recover the properties of those who were forced to leave their homes due to the 2009 Great Depression and the housing crisis.
In the early stages of the operation, the crews were allowed to clear some of the abandoned homes without any citations or citations being issued.
The agency says it has already recovered more than 2,200 abandoned homes across Nevada.
The first batch was completed last week and will be moved into permanent homes.