'Monster' fatberg longer than Nelson's Column found under streets of Devon

Blanche Robertson
January 9, 2019

A giant "fatberg", a massive glob of hardened grease, oil and wet-wipes that's more than "six double-decker buses" in size is clogging a sewer in the British town of Sidmouth.

Andrew Roantree said the discovery showed fatbergs were not only found in the UK's biggest cities, "but right here in our coastal towns".

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In 2017, a 250-metre-long fatberg was found in sewers beneath Whitechapel, east London.

The fatberg is blocking a sewer in the southwestern English town of Sidmouth and will take a sewer team around eight weeks to dissect and dispose of the obstruction.

Part of the problem seems to be the British public's habit of flushing used baby wipes down the toilet, as these can clump together and form the scaffolding for fatbergs.

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A chunk of that blockage later went on display at the Museum of London.

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.

It was the largest discovered in area, and it is expected to take around eight weeks to clean up, a South West Water statement said.

Roantree implored residents, "Don't feed the fatberg".

The removal is set to begin on Monday, February 4, but heavy rain could cause delays.

"Devon's largest fatberg has been discovered in Sidmouth", South West Water said on Twitter on Tuesday.

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