Lost & Found: Underwater Ghost Town Resurfaces 25 Years Later

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abandoned village from above

Like a corroded time capsule, this submerged village has risen from the depths after being flooded decades ago when the local lake broke its banks and left Epecuen under dozens of feet of water.

sunken village resurfaced underwater

Giving a tour of his devastated hometown, the man in the award-winning video above , Pablo Novak, claims his father predicted the return of water to the areas of land on which people were building back in the 1980s. Today, he is the only remaining resident.

underwater deserted abandoned buildings

underwater village before after

underwater village ruins

Located near Buenos Aires, it is hard to imagine that this place – a town of 5,000  at its peak – was once a busy destination from tourists around the country and even the world, renowned for its high-salinity lake in which people came to bathe. This salt content is largely responsible for the high levels of damage done to the town’s buildings and infrastructure during its years underwater.

sunken town ruins

sunken village washed roots

abandoned underwater town resufraced

First, the fields began to flood, driving our narrator’s cows, horses, pigs sheep and goats back further onto land and forcing Pablo to buy a family home in a neighboring village. Now age 85, he always assumed the town would be rebuilt, but that has never come to pass. Now that the waters have receded, however, he tries to appreciate the solitude left in its wake and gives tours to those who come these days not to soak but to see the once-sunken village now risen once again to the surface. Images by Sam Verhaert, Jonathan Evans and Pablo Gonzales via Inhabitat.

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