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Parrish Topps and Cirilio Trejo took the call last week when a clogged drain caused flooding in several Clearfield homes.

The Roto-Rooter workers knew they were dealing with a root. A big one. This was good.It turned out to be a gnarled, smelly 64-foot-by-10 inch cottonwood tree root.

"We're like fishermen. We want the big ones. This is the kind of thing that happens to you only once in a lifetime," said a proud Trejo.

Topps said he realized they had hooked a big one when it started edging out of the pipe July 21. "I started yelling to Cirilio for help because it was starting to look like a Japanese monster. I knew I was meeting up with the Godzilla root," he said. "The more it started coming out, the bigger our heads started getting."

It took a 1,500-pound winch working at top capacity to pull out the root. They tugged it out slowly, so it wouldn't snap.

Roto-Rooter Corp. spokesman Toby Genrich said the root makes the pair serious contenders for induction into the company's "Monster Root Hall of Fame."

Roto-Rooter employees throughout the United States have until Dec. 31 to drudge out the nation's longest continuous root.

Topps and Trejo took the white and tender root to the parking lot of Ogden Roto-Rooter Sewer and Drain Cleaning Service, and figured they'd get rid of it before it started getting brittle and smelling like rotting foliage.