London, July 14 (ANI): In a largest ever sewer clean up, enough fat has been removed from the sewers in central London that could fill nine double-decker buses.
A team of "flushers" equipped with full breathing apparatus has been drafted in with shovels to dig out an estimated 1,000 tonnes of putrid fat from an area under Leicester Square.
Thames Water has performed the operation.
According to Thames Water, the build-up of fat and grease underground is the result of years of "sewer abuse" - when anything other than water, human waste and toilet paper is put down drains -
"We're used to getting our hands dirty, but nothing on this scale," the Telegraph quoted Danny Brackley, a sewer flusher as saying.
"We couldn't even access the sewer as it was blocked by a four-foot wall of solid fat," he added.
The clean-up is expected to last for around two weeks. (ANI)