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

(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.

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)
Lone inhabitant Pablo Novak feeds his wood kitchen at his house in Lago Epecuen village.   (Getty Images)
Aerial picture of Lago Epecuen village, some 600 km southwest of Buenos Aires, taken on May 4, 2011 after it remained flooded for almost 25 years by the salt water of Epecuen lagoon.   (Getty Images)
Part of Carhue was affected by the flood that kept Lago Epecuen under the salt water of Epecuen lagoon for almost 25 years.   (Getty Images)
Since 2009 the level of the water has been decreasing and therefore exposing the ruins of this once very visited lakeside resort.   (Getty Images)
The level of salinity here is only surpassed by that of the Dead Sea.   (Getty Images)
A staircase to nowhere.   (Getty Images)
A man compares a picture of Lago Epecuen village taken in the 70s with the current state of the place.   (Getty Images)
Since 2009 the level of the water has been decreasing and therefore exposing the ruins of this once very visited lakeside resort.   (Getty Images)
Picture of the former slaughterhouse of Lago Epecuen village.   (Getty Images)
Picture showing the ruins of Lago Epecuen village.   (Getty Images)
Picture of a broken layer of salt and the original paint of the wall of a collapsed building taken in Lago Epecuen village.   (Getty Images)
Norma Berg gestures next to the ruins of her family house in Lago Epecuen village.   (Getty Images)
Aerial picture of Lago Epecuen village, some 600 km southwest of Buenos Aires.   (Getty Images)
Picture of the former Provincia Bank taken in Lago Epecuen village.   (Getty Images)
Picture of the ruins of Lago Epecuen village.   (Getty Images)
Detail of the engine and front wheel of a ruined vehicle taken in Lago Epecuen village.   (Getty Images)
Picture showing part of the ruins of Lago Epecuen village.   (Getty Images)
Picture of the ruins of Lago Epecuen village.   (Getty Images)
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