Tumbleweeds swallow home south of Colorado Springs

After talking with an 11 News reporter, the resident of this home covered in tumbleweeds started his journey back inside. (Source: KKTV)
Published: Oct. 23, 2022 at 11:02 AM MDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2022 at 8:47 AM MDT
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SECURITY, Colo. (KKTV) - Tumbleweeds gobbled up a home in the Security-Widefield area Sunday morning!

Viewers sent 11 News eye-popping photos just after 10 a.m. of the massive pile of tumbleweeds burying a front yard, a vehicle and encroaching on the house itself.

“I looked out my backyard, it didn’t seem so bad and then I went out the front yard and it was pretty crazy,” said Ian Barnes, the unfortunate resident of the home.

Barnes found himself having to rake his way back into the house.

“I just kind of muscled through it. It wasn’t ... they’re not too bad, there are a lot of stickers and stuff, but not too bad to get through,” Barnes told 11 News reporter Lauren Watson.

Barnes’ plight became the neighborhood’s entertainment.

“A lot of neighbors coming through, taking photos, asking if they can help, stuff like that so it’s been pretty nice to see the neighborhood come together ... I’ve just been appreciative of that.”

The home is located on San Mateo Drive, which is south of the Colorado Springs Airport. The neighborhood is no stranger to wind damage, but Barnes said he never expected the mess in his yard Sunday morning.

“We had a windstorm last year, but it wasn’t this bad. Early spring, we had our fence get blown down a couple of times and quite a few houses have had that, but not the tumbleweeds. But it sounds like they just sprouted and kind of let loose this weekend, so...”

Winds in the area were in excess of 60 mph all morning. Strong winds are expected to linger for the rest of Sunday before conditions settle down Monday.