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8 Die in Moscow
Aug 22, 2023 7:00 PM CDT
8 Die in Moscow Sewer Disaster
They were trapped by flooding, authorities say
- Russian authorities are seeking the organizers of a tour that took people into Moscow's sewer system during heavy rains, with tragic results. In what Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin called a "terrible tragedy," eight people, including a tour guide, died Sunday after flooding trapped them in the sewer...
'Second River Thames'
Built Below London
Jun 11, 2023 3:20 PM CDT
'Second River Thames' Built Below London
Massive project will take pressure off 19th-century sewer system
- The River Thames is a cleaner river than it was a few decades ago—and far cleaner than it was in Victorian times, when survivors of a shipwreck on the outskirts of London died from ingesting polluted water—but there's still plenty of room for improvement. That's the...
Engagement Ring Lost Down
Toilet Found 14 Months Later
May 18, 2023 2:42 PM CDT
Engagement Ring Lost Down Toilet Found 14 Months Later
Workers had told man it might be found someday
- It may have spent longer in the sewer than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but a Chino Hills, California, resident has finally been reunited with an engagement ring flushed down the toilet more than a year ago. City officials say a man's soon-to-be stepson accidentally flushed the ring in...
Sound Coming From Sewer
Was Cause for Celebration
Jun 28, 2022 3:20 PM CDT
Sound Coming From Sewer Was Cause for Celebration
Boy in Germany found after being trapped for 8 days
- Hearing a noise come from a manhole cover sounds like an ominous happening, but in the German town of Oldenburg, it was a joyous occurrence. The sound—which euronews describes as "whimpering"—turned out to be made by an 8-year-old boy who had vanished on June 17. A...
Massive Sewage Spill Mucks
Up California Coast
Jan 2, 2022 8:45 AM CST
Massive Sewage Spill Mucks Up California Coast
Sewer line failure caused a stink in LA County
- A sewer line failure of epic proportions is causing a real stink in Southern California. Per the
, beaches stretching from Los Angeles to Long Beach have been shut down after millions of gallons of raw sewage on Thursday spewed into the Dominguez Channel, which terminates into the Los...
Sewer Blast Kills 10,
Injures More Than a Dozen
Dec 18, 2021 9:15 AM CST
Sewer Blast Kills 10, Injures More Than a Dozen
Officials still aren't sure what ignited gas that caused explosion in Karachi, Pakistan
- A powerful gas explosion in a sewage system in a southern Pakistan city killed at least 10 people and injured 13 others Saturday, police and a health official said. Police spokesman Sohail Jokhio said the blast was apparently caused when something ignited gas that had accumulated in the sewer beneath...
Jun 4, 2020 12:07 AM CDT
Pandemic Side Effect: Sewer Woes
People have been flushing masks, gloves
- Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off a recent briefing on Philadelphia's coronavirus response with an unusual request for residents: Be careful what you flush. Between mid-March, when the city’s stay-at-home order was issued, and the end of April, most of the 19 sewer and storm water pumping stations in...
City Warns Against Using
T-Shirts for Toilet Paper
Mar 20, 2020 1:44 AM CDT
City Warns Against Using T-Shirts for Toilet Paper
Shredded shirts clogged sewer line
- With many Americans having trouble finding toilet paper amid coronavirus panic buying, sewer officials have issued a plea: Use whatever alternatives you want, but please don't flush them afterward. "Bag it, don't flush it," say officials in Redding, Calif., where somebody almost caused a spill Wednesday...
Below London, a
Apr 18, 2019 11:57 AM CDT
Below London, a Blue Whale-Sized 'Concreteberg'
Work to clear the blockage starts next week
- A lesson from London: Don't pour concrete down the drain. Otherwise, you might be left with a "concreteberg" like the one currently blocking three central sewers in the Islington borough of the UK capital. It turns out the 115-ton, 330-foot-long mass discovered during a routine check earlier this...
Handprints Helped Save
Boy Stuck in LA Sewers
Apr 3, 2018 6:33 AM CDT
Handprints Helped Save Boy Stuck in LA Sewers
Jesse Hernandez was rescued after 13 hours
- The story of 13-year-old Jesse Hernandez might have had a far more tragic ending if not for handprints the boy left on a tunnel wall after he plummeted through a broken plank into the Los Angeles sewer system. After hours of searching Sunday, city workers put cameras tethered with 1,...
In the World's
Most Crowded City,
the 'World's Worst Job'
Mar 24, 2018 4:00 PM CDT
In the World's Most Crowded City, the 'World's Worst Job'
A look at the sewer cleaners of Dhaka
- New York is America's most crowded city , at about 27,000 people per square mile. That's downright airy compared to Dhaka, Bangladesh, which ranks as the planet's densest city at 115,000 people per square mile. And as the
reports, it's not just overflowing with...
'Beast Finally Defeated:'
London's Fatberg Is No More
Nov 6, 2017 8:07 AM CST
'Beast Finally Defeated:' London's Fatberg Is No More
A 140-ton fatberg is gone from the city's sewer
- It was longer than two football fields, weighed as much as nearly a dozen double-decker buses , and took nine weeks to annihilate—but the London fatberg is officially no more. "Our work is finished, and the beast finally defeated after a mammoth effort from the team," says Alex...
Baltimore Stops Scraping
Its Fatberg, Just Blasts It
Oct 17, 2017 6:33 PM CDT
Baltimore Stops Scraping Its Fatberg, Just Blasts It
City using high-pressure nozzle to get rid of the thing
- "If we have to, we'll use our cutter, but the nozzle is working so far." That's the assessment on how the battle goes against Baltimore's somewhat infamous fatberg , discovered in September and now on the road to elimination. The
reports that after first...
They Found $2M in
Gold ... in Sewage
Oct 12, 2017 3:33 AM CDT
They Found $2M in Gold ... in Sewage
And that's just the annual amount discarded in Switzerland
- There's more than cash going down the drain in Switzerland. About $2 million in gold and $1.8 million in silver ends up in Switzerland's sewers each year, according to an environmental study commissioned by the Swiss government. Strange as it sounds, researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute...
Now Baltimore Has
Its Own 'Fatberg'
in case you missed it
Sep 30, 2017 9:44 AM CDT
Now Baltimore Has Its Own 'Fatberg'
Congealed fat, grease, and wet wipes nearly blocking 2-foot-wide pipe
- Not content to let those tea-sippers across the pond hog the spotlight, Baltimore just announced its very own "fatberg." CBS Baltimore reports the "congealed lump of fat" was found between Baltimore Penn Station and the 1700 block of Charles Street. The fatberg is comprised of fats, oils,...
Museum Wants to Display
Glob of Congealed Grossness
Sep 14, 2017 7:11 AM CDT
Museum Wants to Display Glob of Congealed Grossness
We are speaking, of course, of the fatberg
- Congealed wet wipes, diapers, fat, and oil—not exactly what you'd expect to see behind glass at the Museum of London. But if the museum has its way, that's what will come to pass. The city is in the midst of a three-week "sewer war" against a...
London Officials Battling
'Total Monster' in Sewer
Sep 12, 2017 9:36 AM CDT
London Officials Battling 'Total Monster' in Sewer
A 143-ton 'fatberg' isn't proving easy to deconstruct
- British engineers say they've launched a "sewer war" against a giant blob clogging London's sewers, reports the AP . Thames Water officials said Tuesday it will likely take three weeks to dissolve the outsize "fatberg." They caution against expecting quick results as the fatberg is 275...
Teen Killed After
Falling Into Open Sewer
Oct 24, 2016 12:02 AM CDT
Teen Killed After Falling Into Open Sewer
Jacob Goulet, 16, disappeared Friday night in a driving rainstorm
- Sad news out of Nashua, NH, after police say they believe a body found floating in a river is that of a high school student who likely plunged 20 feet into an open sewer. Jacob Goulet, 16, was last seen Friday night after he left a friend's house during...
A Fugitive Is Missing
in New Jersey's Sewers
Aug 18, 2016 4:10 AM CDT
A Fugitive Is Missing in New Jersey's Sewers
Officials hope he got away
- This is one fugitive who authorities hope managed to get away. Keith Jean fled into the sewer system in Newark, NJ, two weeks ago after swimming across the Passaic River to get away from police, and there's been no sign of him since either inside or outside the sewer...
Ring From Sewer
Nov 11, 2015 5:20 PM CST
Utility Workers Save Engagement Ring From Sewer
Ring accidentally got flushed down a toilet
- A team of utility workers in Jurupa Valley, Calif., performed a small miracle for a bride-to-be when they retrieved her engagement ring from the sewer after she accidentally flushed it, ABC News reports. Carissa Wolter had put the ring, along with a pair of diamond earrings, on a tissue while...
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