California Town Calls for Help After Being Buried in Tumbleweeds

The standard movie scene involving tumbleweeds features a timely piece of brush illustrating how isolated our hero is in the most clichéd way possible. A much more exciting movie would be the true story of the Southern California town of Victorville, which was buried in a deluge of tumbleweeds on Monday.

The brush flood was so bad that residents called 911, and as many as 150 homes were affected, Victorville spokeswoman Sue Jones told the Daily Press. Victorville is apparently bordered by nothing but open desert to its east and south, which is bad news when wind storms come and the desert moves right into town. Winds reached up to 60mph and tumbleweeds piled up to the second story of some houses. Victorville basically looks like a prop closet.

Th city's Public Works, Code Enforcement, and Community Services divisions, plus the San Bernardino County Fire Department, worked overtime loading the tumbleweeds into garbage trucks. "The primary goal is to clear the front of the houses, to remove the tumbleweeds in order to allow residents safe access to their homes,” said Jones. “With the winds as strong as they are, as soon as they clear certain areas, more tumbleweeds are blowing right back in.”

You honestly kind of have to see this to believe it, so check out the tweets below to get a sense of how bizarre this truly was. And maybe start on that screenplay: The Flood of the Tumbleweeds: The True Story of Victorville, California.

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James Chrisman is a News Writer at Thrillist. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @james_chrisman2.