Agence France-PresseAugust 6, 2013 08:32
A 15-tonne ball of congealed fat -- dubbed Britain's biggest ever "fatberg" -- has been dredged up from a London sewer, utility company Thames Water said Tuesday.
It took 10 days to remove the double-decker bus-sized lump of festering food fat mixed with sanitary wipes which formed in drains under a major road in Kingston, southwest London.
Local residents in the well-to-do suburb complained that their toilets would not flush.
Had the colossal "fatberg" not been removed, it could have led to raw sewage flooding homes, streets and businesses, Thames Water said.