Don’t expect a scene out of a classic Western movie where you’ll often see a solitary tumbleweed rolling through a desolate landscape.

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These are neighborhoods around Colorado Springs, where a strange takeover of tumbleweeds started last week. The clusters of twisted foliage are causing a lot of problems, says Mahkya Askew, a resident of Colorado Springs.

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Askew was driving with his father, who is visiting from the East Coast, when they came across a large pileup of tumbleweeds in his neighborhood.

“It looked like a scene from the ‘Wizard of Oz,'” he said.
Askew, who works for the U.S. military, has been living in the area for 14 years and said he has never seen tumbleweeds like this before.