Yes, a “fatberg,” which is new to my vocabulary and the sorta thing that needs to be seen to be believed. What is a “fatberg” you ask? Well, it’s wrongly flushed fatty foods, wet wipes, sanitary napkins etc. that form into grotesque giant blob monsters in sewers.
Gordon Hailwood, waste contracts supervisor for Thames Water said:
“While we’ve removed greater volumes of fat from under central London in the past, we’ve never seen a single, congealed lump of lard this big clogging our sewers before.
“Given we’ve got the biggest sewers and this is the biggest fatberg we’ve encountered, we reckon it has to be the biggest such berg in British history.
“The sewer was almost completely clogged with over 15 tonnes of fat. If we hadn’t discovered it in time, raw sewage could have started spurting out of manholes across the whole of Kingston.
Luckily part of the fatberg was successfully removed. However, serious damage was done to the sewers and it will probably take over six weeks for the repairs to be completed.
Gee whiz, talk about a clogged artery…