Tumbleweeds overtake roads, homeowners’ yards in Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The storm system that blew into Colorado on Monday brought cold temperatures, snow and strong winds. And in Colorado Springs, that wind brought dozens of tumbleweeds.

“My first thought was, ‘Wow!'” homeowner Jim Clements told KKTV after seeing the tumbleweeds in his yard. “I’m in for some work because I’ve got to take care of it somehow and to get it out of my yard.

Tumbleweeds are common in southern Colorado, especially when strong winds come through. In March, several neighborhoods in Colorado Springs were over by the dreaded Russian Thistle. Some people were barricaded inside their homes because of the tumbleweeds.

It wasn’t just Clements’ yard who got inundated with tumbleweeds. Photos posted to Twitter showed the Russian Thistle piling up, including two photos of it covering the entire front of one home.

And so much of it covering an entire road.

KKTV spoke to a man who has a John Deere tractor that can clear a yard full of tumbleweeds in a half-hour.

“We can’t stop it , we can’t kill the Russian thistle, we can’t clean up the Russian thistle across southeast Colorado, so we have to wait for it to get blown around … where it gathers,” Jim Ver Meer said.