Depleted water storage
Depleted water storage at the Darling Farms, near North Bourke in western New South Wales, part of the state's severely drought-affected Murray-Darling Basin. A recent study of El Nino weather patterns, which tend to bring drought to the eastern states of Australia, by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's National Climate Centre, has identified a pattern of high rainfall occuring after severe droughts, which should bring some hope to the state's struggling farmers. Currently, 83.3 percent of New South Wales has been drought-declared, up from 78.5 percent last month, 10 May 2007. (Photo by Lisa Wiltse/The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) The Sydney Morning Herald—Fairfax Media via Getty Images

A Tumbleweed Called 'Hairy Panic' Is Burying Homes in This Australian Town

Feb 18, 2016

A bizarre type of tumbleweed is engulfing homes in southeastern Australia as drought conditions persist in the country.

The fast-growing weed, dubbed hairy panic, has piled up in front yards in the state of Victoria's Wangaratta town, forcing homeowners to spend hours at a time laboring to clear it out, reports television station 7 News.

"It's physically draining and mentally more draining," Pam Twitchett a resident of the town, told the network. Exhausted residents say they spend hours clearing their properties, only for the relentless weed to return the next day.

Locals believe the weed originates from nearby farmland that has been neglected. Its presence has been an issue for the past couple of years, residents said, but it is particularly severe in the current drought.

[7 News]

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