Tumbleweeds pile up in California

Elias Hubbard
April 18, 2018

Some houses nearly buried.

A mass invasion by the High Desert's infamous rolling hazards besieged a series of homes in the small United States town of Victorville that left some residents calling the city and even 911 for help.

Tumbleweeds may appear light and harmless, but up-close the weed is thorny - and the tangled heaps piling up around Victorville homes made it impossible for some residents to leave their homes.

"Normally you get a few flying down the street or whatnot but never this many".

Crews with the city's code enforcement division were out in force to help with the cleanup. 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.

The crews were collecting the tumbleweeds into trash trucks for "proper removal", according to Jones. While he's thankful for the city's help, he wants more to be done to prevent the problem.

When the wind kicks up the tumble weeds begin rolling in.

Victorville spokeswoman Sue Jones tells the Daily Press that as many as 150 homes were affected in a neighborhood that faces open desert.

Nav Mangat says, "Yesterday i could not stand in my garage".

The entire front of some homes were covered by mountains of tumbleweeds - with some piled as high as the second story of homes off Agave Bay Street and Canyon Road - as wind gusts pummeled the region. "There was like a hundred of these bushes, it was like a tornado yesterday, to this side".

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