English utility workers do battle with massive ‘fatberg’

January 08, 2019 - 9:03 am

LONDON (1010 WINS/AP) -- It could take a couple of months for workers to clear a giant 'fatberg' that's been blocking a sewer in southwestern England.

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The mass of hardened fat, oil, and baby wipes is 210 feet long, officials say.

Andrew Roantree, of South West Water, says it will ``take our sewer team around eight weeks to dissect this monster in exceptionally challenging work conditions.''

Roantree urged residents not to pour grease down the drain or flush baby wipes.

"Don't feed the fatberg," he said.

The mass was found in the town of Sidmouth. It's not the first time a fatberg has been found in England. In 2017, a 250 meter long fatberg was found in a Whitechapel sewer -- a chunk of that fatberg is on display at the Museum of London.