Giant 64-metre-long fatberg found blocking sewer in Devon seaside town

Giant 64-metre-long fatberg found blocking sewer in Devon seaside town

I regret to inform you that a particularly large specimen has been identified: a 64-metre monstrosity of hardened fat, oil and baby wipes measuring 64 metres located in the country's southwest.

For now officials in Sidmouth are asking residents to avoid contributing to this new mass before workers can remove it, saying, "Don't feed the fatberg".

But of course here at Vulture Central, we have our own Reg Standards Bureau full of much more relevant things to convert length into.

A much larger fatberg, stretching about 250 metres, blocked a sewer in east London's Whitechapel district in 2017.

Waste workers claim it could take up to eight weeks to clear the mess, which was found near a children's play area.

Fatbergs are formed when wet wipes, which do not break up in water like toilet paper, clog at a choke point in a sewer. A chunk of that later went on display at the Museum of London, nestled inside transparent boxes.

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A South West Water spokesman said fatbergs of this size are expected in cites but not in towns like Sidmouth where it is nearly unheard of.

Roantree said the Sidmouth fatberg showed "how this key environmental issue is not just facing the UK's cities, but right here in our coastal towns".

South West Water Director Andrew Roantree said it will "take our sewer team around eight weeks to dissect this monster in extremely challenging working conditions".

The fatberg was discovered during a routine check.

Work is due to start on February 4.

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