Neighborhoods across Long Island are battling an epidemic of blighted, abandoned houses as municipalities spend millions of tax dollars trying to maintain structures that fester with rats, mold, weeds and squatters.

The size and scope of the abandoned-home scourge is growing so fast that it challenges municipal efforts to keep up with it.

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Long Island "is one of, if not the epicenter of zombie properties in the state of New York," state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman told Newsday. "This is a huge problem on Long Island."

Click the link above for an interactive graphic exploring the number of zombie houses in any ZIP code in New York State.