“The town that drowned” in Argentina resurfaces after 25 years

"A man compares a picture of Lago Epecuen village taken in the 70's with the current state of the place - it was flooded on November 10 1985"Source: dailymail.co.uk
“A man compares a picture of Lago Epecuen village taken in the 70’s with the current state of the place – it was flooded on November 10 1985”
Source: dailymail.co.uk

Jill Reilly reports for Daily Mail about the town named Epecuen, South of Buenos Aires that was completely flooded in 1985 but has re-emerged, as the water finally recedes 25 years later.  Reilly posts some stunning images of the town once submerged beneath 30 feet of water, click here to view them.

Reilly reports:

Since 2009 the level of the water has been decreasing, exposing the ruins of this once popular lakeside resort.

The spa town had been a popular tourist designation with 20,000 people paying a visit each year to the lagoon.

The town had 280 businesses, including lodges, guesthouses, hotels and businesses, centered around the tourist trade.

Lago Epecuen’s therapeutic powers have been famous for years and the lagoon has a salinity level only topped by the Dead Sea.

It is said that Epecuen — or ‘eternal spring’ — can cure conditions such as depression, rheumatism and skin diseases.

A local legend holds that the lake was formed by the tears of a great Chief crying for the pain of his beloved.

Even after the flood waters receded and more land was exposed, the town was not rebuilt.

There is now one lone resident in the area, 81-year-old Pablo Novak.

‘Until about four or five years after the flood, when the waters were still high, nobody came around here at all,’ Mr Novak explained.

‘I was totally alone. All day, every day.’

He spends his days cycling around the ruins, although more visitors have come to the town recently in an attempt to salvage materials to recycle from the ruins.

The spooky town has provided the perfect backdrop to several films in recent years.

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