One resident claimed she spent eight hours clearing up the tumble weed on one day, only to have it return the next.
In January 2014, tumbleweed in a town in the US state of New Mexico covered homes and blocked streets and, just two months later, towns around Colorado Springs were also swamped. Strong winds brought excessive amounts of the plant debris, causing piles of tumbleweed more than two metres high.
In this region of the US, tumbleweed comes from the Russian thistle plant. This is a prickly plant which makes the tumbleweed more dangerous and can even scratch your car as they drift past.