Giant ‘fatberg’ blocks sewer in popular English resort town

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A 210-foot-long (64 meters) monster made from grease and used baby-wipes has clogged up a sewer in Sidmouth in southwestern England.

"Fatbergs" like this one have become unpleasantly familiar in the United Kingdom.

In September 2017, a 250-metre-long, 130-tonne fatberg was found in the sewers of the London suburb of Whitechapel.

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"Don't pour cooking oil, fat and grease down the sink [and] only flush the (hash) 3Ps - pee, paper and poo", it tweeted. The issue has become serious enough that the government has proposed banning the wipes altogether.

South West Water is also planning to open a pop-up shop in the town to tell people about the unwanted visitor and urge them not to "feed" fatbergs by pouring fat, oil, grease and wet-pipes into the system.

As if Brexit chaos wasn't enough to bring us down after the festive season's indulgence, South West Water has brought word of a new fatberg in town.

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

The firm's director of wastewater said he was thankful it was found "in good time with no risk to bathing waters". A chunk of that later went on display at the Museum of London, nestled inside transparent boxes.

Sewer workers discovered the fatberg in Sidmouth in December but they will not find its exact size or weight until they start to remove it.

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

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