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Piles of tumbleweed engulf Australian homes

By T.K. Randall
February 18, 2016 · Comment icon 2 comments

The problematic weeds have been nicknamed 'hairy panic'. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Renji Shino
Residents of Wangaratta in Victoria have found their homes buried underneath mountains of tumbleweed.
Known as 'hairy panic', the fast-growing plants have been blowing in to the town in vast quantities and merging together to form huge drifts both in the streets and outside people's houses.

Some residents have spent hours trying to clear up the mess, which the local council won't touch because it isn't deemed to be a fire hazard, only to have more of the weeds arrive the next day.

In some gardens the tumbleweed is piled up so high that it has managed to reach the roof.

It is believed that an extended period of dry and windy weather is primarily responsible.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Doug1029 9 years ago
A fast-growing tumbleweed dubbed 'hairy panic' has engulfed a street in a rural town in Australia, clogging up homes, gardens and garages. It has left residents in Wangaratta, Victoria, complaining of the hours it is taking them to clear their properties of the menacing weed. Now they know how we feel about tumbling mustard and Russian-thistle. Ever see a windbreak on the great Plains after a good blow? Tumbleweeds piled 20 feet high. Doug
Comment icon #2 Posted by TripGun 9 years ago
I bet if it caught fire there would be a bit of a panic.

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