Workers took 2 hours to remove, centimeter by centimeter, a 12-meter long root blocking a storm sewer at Osoyoos in southern British Columbia.
“It looked like an alien or something. It was really weird,” said David Wilchynski, who has been in the plumbing business for 35 years. He maintains that he had never seen anything so “jurassic”.
Once released, the 20-centimeter-diameter willow root weighed at least 226 kilograms.
We fought this anaconda for two hours.
Grant McCulloch, Property Manager, Village on the Lake
Grant McCulloch, a real estate manager at Village on the Lake, said everyone was amazed by the size of this root. According to him, the sewer in this sector has been repressed after heavy rains. He thought at first that sand or a dead animal was blocking the duct.
According to Mr. McCulloch, the work to extract the root has been tiring.
Take a look at this massive tree root pulled from a sewer in Osoyoos. The weeping willow root system was clogging up a storm sewer causing localised flooding. It's estimated to be 40 feet in length and weighing over 500 lbs! Video via Grant McCulloch pic.twitter.com/3bdnk7iI26
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