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  • Associated Press Part of a “fatberg” emerges from a sewer in Whitechapel, London. British engineers expect to spend three weeks dissolving the giant blockage.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:00 am

Congealed mass in sewer poses challenge in London

Associated Press

LONDON – British engineers say they have launched a sewer war against a giant fat blob clogging London's sewers.

Thames Water officials said Tuesday it is likely to take three weeks to dissolve the outsize “fatberg.”

They caution against expecting quick results as the fatberg is 250 yards long and weighs as much as 11 double-decker buses.

The unsavory blob consists of congealed wet wipes, diapers, fat and oil.

Thames Water's Matt Rimmer says the fatberg is “a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove as it's set hard.”

He said the task is “basically like trying to break up concrete.”

Eight workers are using high powered jet hoses to break up the blob before sucking it out into tankers for disposal at a recycling site.