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Tumbleweeds take over Clovis, N.M.

Tumbleweeds Take Over Clovis, N.M.

Forget the snow and ice we've been seeing nationwide ... tumbleweeds are taking over New Mexico.

'It's like something out of a '50s movie,' 'GMA' reports. 'People had to be rescued from their homes. Troops from a nearby military base had to be called in. Plows had to be called in to clear the streets.'

That's after a huge wind storm blew through Clovis, New Mexico this week. According to KRQE, residents are calling it the tumbleweed invasion of 2014.

'It looked like a herd of cows coming. The tumbleweeds were just rolling in here,' a resident said.

People were even trapped inside their homes.

KOB-TV reports Clovis Public Works has been trying to clear the streets. But backyards are a different story.

Issac Garcia's backyard was so inundated with tumbleweeds that he had to create a pathway to get near his door. 'I'm lucky to have a hole and as soon as I clean the back then I start pushing things over the fence there,' Garcia told KOB-TV.

It looks like those tumbleweeds will be around for a little while. KRQE reports that the cleanup process is underway -- but it will take weeks to get everything cleared out.

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bronzemarigolds January 31 2014 at 10:53 AM

Just be careful clearing those weeds out, no telling what animals ( mice,snakes, insects) could be lurking in those things.

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BlackDeep January 31 2014 at 9:33 AM

Happens every year. But if you have never witnessed it, it can be a bit overwhelming. Especially when you step outside and find your front yard stacked 15 feet high with tumble weeds. The real problem isn't that they pile up but that they will burn up in about five seconds from the time you set a match to them. So they become a very real fire hazard.

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johnny January 31 2014 at 9:37 AM

I was so poor when I was a kid, all I had to play with was a tumble weed.

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Bill johnny January 31 2014 at 9:49 AM

You were lucky! Best we could manage was an imaginary tumbleweed!

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rademps Bill January 31 2014 at 10:12 AM

You were lucky. We couldn't even imagine a tumbleweed.

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BARB January 31 2014 at 9:47 AM

Put them through a shredder...compost the remains, then the heat from the compost pile gets high enough (with NM summer heat shouldn't be too long) that will kill most of the seeds.
Use it to their advantage...free compost for the area.

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wlh1923 BARB January 31 2014 at 10:02 AM

Easier just to burn them

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Bright Blessings January 31 2014 at 2:18 PM

Where's Roy Rogers when you need him?

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larry Bright Blessings January 31 2014 at 4:33 PM

He is boinking Dale Evans and Trigger is watching from the stable window.

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Pauline Bright Blessings January 31 2014 at 10:59 PM

"Drifting along with the tumbling tumble weeds" - Love that song anyway. :-)

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bigdeal357s1 January 31 2014 at 1:15 PM

I would rather see tumbleweed than some of these AOL news posters. Actually I wish they would get caught in the tumbleweed and blow away into outer space.

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mj1139mark January 31 2014 at 10:30 AM

When I ran a wastewater treatment plant in west Texas we had a real problem with tumbleweeds getting into the tanks. My crew and I rounded a bunch of the weed up using front end loaders and made a pile the size of a ranch house. None of us knew how hot the tumbleweed burns, white hot in the center of the pile. The heat was so intense that nothing could grow in a very large area of the burn.....the soil was scorched so badly. Think twice before lighting those things up. :)

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wedgewop January 31 2014 at 10:33 AM

Spray paint them and sell them on Ebay

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clasand3 January 31 2014 at 10:37 AM

Kinda funny. All comments...IMAO

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The Boss January 31 2014 at 1:56 PM

One match and "Poof" end of the tumbleweed problem! May start a housing problem tho....

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clb45para The Boss January 31 2014 at 2:22 PM

OOOH YESSSS! I'll bet those things will really burn. Just another manifestation of nature. Tree hugger should love it.

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