Tumbleweeds bury Clovis homes

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – Tumbleweeds are burying a New Mexico town.

Clovis city officials say the whopping weeds are covering homes and blocking streets and residents are calling it the tumbleweed invasion of 2014.

“It looked like a herd of cows coming in,” said Clovis resident Lee Cassidy. “The tumbleweeds were just rolling in.”

After those tumbleweeds rolled in, they got stuck.

“I could not believe it,” said Cassidy. “The houses, the apartments were buried. They were buried in tumbleweeds.”

Eddie Ward lives in one of those buried houses.

“Couldn’t get out of the garage. Sky high, couldn’t get out,” said Ward.

The Clovis Public Works Department has been clearing tumbleweeds since Sunday night when they say high winds swept thousands of the prickly weeds into town.

“We’ve lived here for 23 years and I’ve never seen this,” said Ward. “It’s pretty crazy.”

The city says it’ll be cleaning up the mess for weeks.

While they work to clear paths for homeowners, neighbors say they’re bracing for the next big wind storm.

“There’s supposed to be really bad winds again Tuesday night and Wednesday and so if those winds pick up again before they pick it all up, we’ll have it all over again,” said Cassidy.

City officials say crews will be working 10-hour days until all of the tumbleweeds are cleaned up.

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