28 million litres of Pepsi floods Russian town

A large warehouse collapses in the Lipetsk Oblast region

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Credits: CEN

Willy Wonka had a river of chocolate.

But this Russian town had a river of Pepsi.

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More than 28 million litres of the soft drink flooded streets of Lipetsk in western Russia's Lipetsk Oblast region after a large warehouse for the manufacturer collapsed.

The mass spillage saw streets flooded with the brown soda as video footage released online showed people driving through huge puddles of the drink.

Credits: CENThe flooded streets with Pepsi in the city of Lipetsk in western Russia's Lipetsk Oblast region

Around 300 square metres of the factory collapsed but luckily no-one was working at the time of the incident.

Rescue teams are now taking part in a mass clean up, clearing rubble from the collapsed building.

Environment chiefs have said they have launched an investigation into whether the spilled Pepsi on the streets could cause a health hazard.

Russian town flooded with PepsiRescue teams are now taking part in a mass clean up, clearing rubble from the collapsed building

Representative from the local environmental watchdog Dmitriy Chursin confirmed that water samples from the Don River that flows through the city have been taken to see if the main water has been affected by the soda or the chemicals made to mix it.

He said: "So far our specialists haven't found any signs of possible damage of water resources."

Netizens have since lined up to look on the bright side.

Russian town flooded with PepsiEnvironment chiefs have said they have launched an investigation into whether the spilled Pepsi on the streets could cause a health hazard

One, named 'Anatoly Averkov', said: "Good thing is that it was a factory specialising on soft beverages, imagine if it was something more serious – chemical producing one".

Another, going by the name 'Kazimir Alchikov' added: "Colourful rivers like that look like fun, at least in cartoons."

Pepsi representatives have confirmed that they are ready to pay for the damage and stressed that the level of flooding is not that dramatic.

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