Huge fatberg longer than six double-decker buses found in sewer

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The 64-metre 'fatberg' found in the sewer of the seaside town Sidmouth , Devon.

These disgusting pictures show a huge fatberg found in a sewer that resembles a glacier and is longer – than SIX double-decker buses.

The 64-metre mound of hardened fat, oil and wet-wipes is thought to be one of the largest ever found.

But the colossal blockage wasn’t found under a densely populated area, but in the seaside town of Sidmouth, Devon.

The 64-metre ‘fatberg’ found in the sewer of the seaside town Sidmouth , Devon.

It was discovered in a sewer near a children’s play area and waste workers said it could take eight weeks to clear the mess.

Andrew Roantree, South West Water’s director of wastewater, said: “It shows how this key environmental issue is not just facing the UK’s cities, but right here in our coastal towns.

“It is the largest discovered in our service history and will take our sewer team around eight weeks to dissect this monster in exceptionally challenging work conditions.

“Thankfully, it has been identified in good time with no risk to bathing waters.”

Fatbergs form like a snowball, as wet-wipes get flushed down loos, fats, oil and grease congeal together, gradually forming a hard mass.

A map showing the location of the 64 metre ‘fatberg’ in Sidmouth, Devon.

They have become a menace throughout Britain, as the aged Victorian plumbing systems meet modern flushable wipes

Mr Roantree added: “If you keep just one new year’s resolution this year, let it be to not pour fats, oil or grease down the drain, or flush wet-wipes down the loo.

“The consequences can be significant – including sewer flooding in your own home. Put your pipes on a diet and don’t feed the fatberg.”

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

Sewer workers will require full breathing apparatus to carry out the removal, which will involve a combination of manual labour and special sewer jetting equipment.

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