Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Tumbleweeds take over California town, so residents call 911

Tumbleweeds take over California town, so residents call 911

With 100 to 150 homes affected, some residents actually called 911, a city spokeswoman tells the Daily Press.

"Things that never happen in Manhattan", actor Natasha Lyonne quipped, sharing a photo of one tumbleweed-ridden home.

"They were just flowing like it was a tornado yesterday", she said.

"I have lived in the high desert for 40 years ... in the last two years the tumbleweeds have been out of control", Ms Martinez-Brown said.

Tumbleweeds gather in a dried up irrigation canal in April, 2009 near Firebaugh, California.

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City workers were using pitchforks and heavy equipment to clean up the mess on Tuesday, but you could still see mounds of tumbleweeds that covered windows and doors and even blew onto the roofs of some houses.

"It's an invasion, definitely", Victorville resident Tanya Speight told ABC7 News. Fellow resident Ralph Zavale said it was all too much, and he couldn't clean them all up in time since the tumbleweeds kept coming and coming.

City staff and the San Bernardino County Fire Department sent crews to help rake up the tumbleweeds and load them into trash trucks.

Fifteen years after their arrival in the US, tumbleweeds had already made their way to California, traveling so far they even made it into Canada.

"With the winds as strong as they are, as soon as they clear certain areas, more tumbleweeds are blowing right back in", Jones added.

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