In the 1970s, Villa Epecuén, a tourist village on Lago Epecuén in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, had a population of more 5,000 with 300 thriving businesses and tens of thousands of annual visitors. However, wet weather patterns caused Lago Epecuén and on November 10, 1985, the nearby dam broke, starting a gradual flood. By 1986, four feet of water covered the streets and by 1993, the town was ten meters underwater. Today, the waters of Lago Epecuén have receded, leaving behind the wreckage of this once bustling vacation spot.
Much like the Dead Sea, Lago Epecuén is renowned for its therapeutic salts, making Villa Epecuén a popular place to hit the beach. Now the town boasts just one resident, Pablo Novak (who appears in this photo set), a fellow in his early eighties who was the only person to return to the town after it began to reemerge in 2009. Over at Amusing Planet, you can see some spectacular aerial shots of the town, parts of which are still flooded, and a photo of Novak in his own kitchen.
Top photo by Jose Antonio Carrizo.
Villa Epecuen: The Town That Was Submerged for 25 Years [Amusing Planet via Abandoned Porn]
Photo by Pablo Gonzalez.