Tumbleweed outbreak rolls through Colorado

Parts of Colorado in south-west America are struggling with a mass outbreak of tumbleweed due to ongoing droughts in the area.

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Somewhere under this is a few cars and a half dozen people trying to dig them out. #tumbleweeds http://t.co/743RmqBoNj

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Brought on by dry spells and heavy winds, the tumbleweed have caused havoc - blocking roads and leaving some people trapped in their homes.

According to local paper the Gazette, tumbleweeds even clogged the water canals at a steel plant in the state, with the "soggy brush" causing an estimated $300,000 in damage.

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This family is shocked to find themselves trapped by #tumbleweeds! Btw, There's a car in the driveway! @krdonc13 http://t.co/OzajEX3GqT

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The paper says that a regional advocacy group, Action 22, has been conferring with representatives from several government departments over how to deal with the outbreak.

There's a little good news for Colorado residents, however - some forecasts show rain is expected on Sunday.