The village that re-emerged
July 26, 2011 1:18 PM Subscribe
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AFP photographer Juan Mabromata recently visited the ruins of Villa Epecuén
in Argentina, a small touristic village that started slowly re-surfacing after the rising waters of the nearby lake left it completely underwater nearly 26 years ago.
In the 1920s Villa Epecuén was established at the shores of Lake Epecuén, a salt water endorheic lake frequented by folks from the city of Buenos Aires looking to bathe in its waters and benefit from the high salinity's supposed healing powers.
Final recipient of an interconnected group of ponds, the Epecuén would increase and decrease its size in cycles, according to variations in the rainfall regime. The water level increased gradually since the foundation and by 1978 an embankment had to be built to protect the village from the rising waters. On November 10th 1985 the levee couldn't hold back the water anymore and the village was slowly flooded. It took sixteen days until the water left the whole city underwater, and it eventually reached a depth of 10 meters in 1993.
The water started receding some years ago, and you can walk around
parts of the city nowadays, and even speak
with the only person that went back to live in the desolate village. (MLYT, in spanish, unfortunately.)