Skip to comments.Tumbleweeds Overtake Colorado Neighborhood and Trap Families in Their Homes
Posted on 03/19/2014 7:10:26 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
Tumbleweeds overtake neighborhood and trap families in their homes
Recent tornado-like winds have covered a Colorado Springs, Colorado neighborhood in tumbleweeds. The large dried plants have invaded the Cuchares Ranches subdivision to such a degree that some residents said they were trapped in their homes and had to call 911 for help.
I look outside and tumbleweeds are literally blowing up and over our house, Melissa Walker told KRDO NewsChannel 13. I didnt expect to be able to jump from my second story window into a pile of tumbleweeds. In some places, the tumbleweeds are stacked 10-feet high.
As reported by KCNC CBS 4, the neighborhood is under development and does not even appear on maps yet, so the tumbleweeds blow in from adjacent empty fields. The invaders are not new to Colorado Springs, but the locals say it has never been this bad.
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More local coverage by KRDO ...
“Tumbleweed takeover: Homeowners fear fire hazard”
Death by Tumbleweed. :-)
I’m sure some friend of Baraq will come up with a “green” method to convert them into ethanol and make a few hundred mil from the taxpayers.
I would imagine that this could be a very serious fire hazard....
I did not read the article as I have a tendency to not read anything that sounds really stupid like people claiming to be “trapped in their homes by tumbleweeds”.
All one would need is a flat nosed shovel, or the like to render the weeds harmless little piles of weed rubble. We often have them blowing over the property throughout the year.
Whack ‘em, and fear not.
Or ... just put out the word to all of the potheads in Denver and Boulder that there is lots of free “weed” in Colorado Springs, and then they’ll come and smoke it all.
It occurs to me that perhaps this particular bit of acreage wasn't the best place to build a "subdivision" of homes, streets and driveways...
Which came first? The developer/builder, or the tumbleweeds?! Or do you suppose this is a "tumbleweed of the century" event?
Looks like a Tribble Invasion.
I’m a roaming cowboy riding all day long,
Tumbleweeds around me sing their lonely song.
Nights underneath the prairie moon,
I ride along and sing this tune.
See them tumbling down
Pledging their love to the ground
Lonely but free I’ll be found
Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds.
sons of the pioneers
Now wait just a minute, Melissa. You can't get out and neither can your car but others can drive through. Make up your little lib mind. Besides, front door open in so you can open your door and push those weeds out of the way. Surely, you can put more effort in than the wind that blew them in. Or go out the back door, because the wind blows one direction, and pull the weeds away from your front door. Helpless little twit calling 911 and wasting their time.
Thanks for post, we should e-mail link it to the residents of Cuchares Ranches! ; )
It could have been worse. They might have been trapped by a 22 lb cat with anger issues.
If tribbles mated with porcupines.
LOL! They probably wouldn’t appreciate the humor but if they’re going to live in the West they have to be willing to sacrifice a little. :-)
Nice landscaping...Is that a bear in the pic?
That happened to my neighborhood in Aurora, CO in the ‘60s. Tumbleweeds were up to the gutters. My friends and I made tunnels through it all even going over fences under the cover of the weeds. Stickery stuff but we didn’t care.
I had this happen at my home once before back in the mid 80’s and it is a problem due to the overwhelming amount of fuel that is suddenly present. I was used to dealing with dozens now and then, but one year the wind blew in thousands overnight.
It only takes one moron that thinks they can deal with it by burning them in situ instead of crushing them and burning them in a burn barrel well away from the main mass to set the neigboorhood on fire.
Then there was the time when they plowed and seeded a field that had been left fallow for a couple of years and the field mice moved in with us. They ate all the labels off the canned goods in one night and I found two drowned in the honey pot.
You can hear the "Whoomp!" from blocks away....
Trapped in their homes by tumbleweeds? That sounds like the Democrats starving, stuck on escalators that have stopped operating.
Just imagine your 22 pound housecat gone wild and threatening you, the wife and the kids...but you can’t leave because the tumbleweeds have piled up against your front door. “Hello, 911?”
Honey! Grab my lighter wouldya?
Ouch! Maybe that was not the best idea. Do we have any unguent in the house?
Sorry Honey, we're all out...
You folks need a hand?
No, I think we got it under control. Thanks anyway, Clem.
Ha ha! Look at 'em boys go up. That'll teach 'em.
Just glad we had a couple of those torchy things, or we'd've been sunk. Only thing that can ruin a picnic faster than those dang tumbleweeds is ants...
“Most people don’t know that the annoying a lowly tumbleweed is in fact a nutritious and delectable edible plant. When the leaves are young shoots they are a delicious and tangy delicacy!
Also known as Russian thistle, salt wort or salsola, tumbleweed makes us reminiscent of the southwest United States and the wild wild west. Known mostly as a nuisance on windy days. In fact this plant is native to Africa, Europa and Asia. It is grown and served in Italy and Japan. As young shoots this plant is tastier than spinach and makes a fine addition to the foragers dinner table.”
More info at link along with a recipe!
(I think that these tumbleweeds are a bit past their use by date....)
“Tumbleweeds Good For Uranium Clean-Up”
Geological Society Of America
“The lowly, ill-regarded tumbleweed might be good for something after all. A preliminary study reveals that tumbleweeds, a.k.a. Russian thistle, and some other weeds common to dry Western lands have a knack for soaking up depleted uranium from contaminated soils at weapons testing grounds and battlefields.”
More at link
Make certain you “source” your tumbleweed salad greens. You may want to avoid anything that grew near Rocky Flats.
Hey Bill, you may want to look at this.
Hang on Bobby. I got somethin' somethin' going on here.
Bill, this is serious. Global Warming... sorry Climate Change... has apparently produced a race of giant ants that's triggered our sensors at Colorado Springs. As if those poor people didn't have enough to deal with, what with tumbleweeds spoiling their picnics and all...
Just don't let the boss find out about this dame. She's warming up this whole galdang computer center.
Helllooooo Colorado Springs... Take me to your sugar bowl.
Clubbing 'em sure as hell don't work...
Good thing we got our guns back after that recall. There's only ONE WAY to deal with ants this big!
One montage, six repeated scenes, and several thousand rounds later...
All's well that ends well, I guess. I'm sure glad those Air Force boys are so close by at the Academy.
That's easy for you to say. They didn't get here in time to save my hand, did they?!
It was a set-up. Took me a while to get my storyboard together.
Surprisingly, the naturally-packed piles don’t burn that well. Oh, they’ll burn, but not that hotly. There’s too much air gap between the burning fuel. You have to crush them down to a more dense fuel... then they’ll burn like a fury.
Where we farmed in Nevada, sometimes we’d get a half-section of tumbleweeds blowing in on us and trapped up against the fences for a mile of fence.
I’d push them off the fence with the backhoe, then push them up into a pile and then crush them down with the front bucket. When I was done with a mile of fence, I might have... oh, six to eight piles of tumbleweeds (russian thistle and kochia) 10’ high and packed really tightly.
We’d then wait until about 0300, call the fire dispatcher and tell them we were doing a controlled burn. We’d wait until about 0300 because that’s when the wind would be dead calm.
When those packed 10’ piles would go up, the heat coming off those piles would blister your skin 125’ away. I’d usually set up the pile with a ring of gasoline at the base to get the whole thing going up as quickly as possible so that I could get all the piles burned in an hour or so, then clean up the embers before dawn.
Probably the developer came first.
Russian thistle isn’t very competitive. It moves in where someone has taken out grass or crop fields and left it fallow, something that developers love to do. They come in, level out a piece of ground, and then leave it with nothing planted and ready to grow. Up comes the cheatgrass and russian thistle, and away things go.
don't you just love these very short scripted sci-fi movies,
soon coming to NBC (nothing but cr@p) sy-fy network.
When I was growing up in El Paso, every Christmas season my mother had me find and bring home the biggest tumbleweed I came across.
We would spray it with that fake snow and decorate it. Lights and everything. Looking back it did look tacky in our front yard, but we had fun doing that every year.
Find the beauty in everything is the moral of this story.
Could be worse....
They could be attacked by Blancmanges, or
They could all be turned into Scotsmen.
I love that Outer Limits episode. It scared me something fierce when I was a little girl.
Lol! I’ve always referred to trash in the city as “urban tumbleweed”.
I agree with you but still
. If my house was buried in the stuff like some of those pictures and some guy was walking around flicking lit cigarette butts into the pile, I think that Id be a bit concerned.
You are a genius.
People have been selling these on eBay for years.
Oh yea, I’d be all over him for that.
I’d also be getting them out away from my house.
Just sayin’ that while they’re highly flammable, it takes some crushing of the pile to make it really burn. If I could have gotten them to burn in big, loose piles, I sure would have taken advantage of that situation. ;-)
The house we owned previous to this one was overrun with field mice. One time my dryer stopped working and hubby pulled it out from the wall to look at it......tons of dog food started falling out. Apparently the little boogers were stealing the dogs food and storing it in the dryer. lol