Receding Waters Reveal Ruins of Argentina Town
Resort town destroyed by flood, today only wreckage remains
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2011 11:59 AM CDT
Since 2009 the level of the water has been decreasing and therefore exposing the ruins of this once very visited lakeside resort. The level of salinity here is only surpassed by that of the Dead Sea.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Dead trees, rusty metal, and salt-covered ruins are all that remains of Villa Epecuen, a small resort village about 370 miles from Buenos Aries whose long-submerged streets are slowly revealing themselves. Lago Epecuen broke through an earthen dam in 1985, slowly engulfing the town in salt water that hit depths of 33 feet, reports the Atlantic. But weather changes caused the lake to retreat in 2009, and now the remains are on display by way of an AFP photographer's images. So far, only one original resident, 81-year-old Pablo Novak, has returned to the village.