Monday, October 30, 2006

Generous helpings

Town turns into sticky pudding
By Nicole Martin
Last Updated: 1:19am BSTĀ 28/10/2006

If the thought of semolina makes your stomach turn by reviving memories of sloppy school dinners, spare a thought for the people living in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. They woke up yesterday morning to find a dusting of the grains covering roads and pavements after a factory silo malfunctioned and blasted two tons of it into the air.
As staff from Great Yarmouth Borough Council tried to clean the semolina away with water, it became sticky and turned into the dessert loathed by school children across the country. John Hemsworth, the council's head of environmental health, said the grain was thrown out of the top of the Pasta Foods silo after a sudden release of pressure.
"It looked like there had been a heavy frost," he said. "Everywhere was just white, even the grass. We had 10-15 people trying to clear it up, but as soon as it got wet it became more of a problem."
Pedestrian access around the town's Haven Bridge was closed off while cleaners battled to get rid of the sticky pudding. Mr Hemsworth said: "We had to get permission from the Environment Agency to put it in the river, then permission from Anglian Water to put it into the drains. It was all very complicated."
Daily Telegraph


Blogger gazza27 said...

Thats not good,must have got walked into carpets and everything,yuk

1:21 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Doesn't bear thinking about, having to clear up a mess like that.
Still, it could have been worse, it could have been tapioca !

2:42 PM  

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