A 15-ton ‘fatberg’, caked with grease and fortified with wet wipes, was extracted from London sewers.
The globe had been found as far back as July but it took sewer flushers three weeks to blast it apart with high-pressure water jets. The heap had blocked 95 percent of a trunk line sewer, and was discovered after residents started complaining that they were having trouble flushing their toilets. If left unmoved, the schoolbus-sized lump of lard could have triggered raw sewage to bubble up through manholes and household drains, experts stress.
It was the fattest fatberg ever recovered from the London sewers, and by extension, probably the largest subterranean grease clump in U.K. history.