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Giant 'Fatberg' Found In London Sewer

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Published on Aug 6, 2013

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Workers discover giant lumpy mass of food fat and baby wipes -- known now as the 'fatberg' -- in an underground London sewer.


STORY: Newly-released security camera video shows a 15-ton blob of sewage waste made of festering food fat and baby wet wipes trapped inside a London sewer.

The so-called "fatberg" (as in "iceberg" of fat) was discovered by sewer workers on July 4 in the Kingston neighborhood of south London.

The blockage, which reduced the sewer's working capacity to just five percent, was only discovered after area residents said they could no longer flush their toilets.

It took sewer workers three weeks to clear the giant lumpy mass, said Thames Water who manages the city's sewers.

Work is now being carried out to repair the damage caused to the pipes in the English capital.

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