Here’s What A Town Looks Like After It’s Been Underwater For Decades

On May 11, 2013 by Lazer Horse

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Bath and Storm

These pictures are from an old tourist town in Buenos Aires, Argentina called Villa Epecuen. It was established in the 1920’s on the banks of a salt lake and housed around 5,000 permanent citizens and up to 20,000 tourists per season. It was a particularly popular town because the water in the lake was about 10 times saltier than the sea, so people, especially Jewish visitors, enjoyed doing the dead sea, lying about on the surface thing.

Back in 1985 a dam and a dike burst, thanks to some wet winters and a particularly zealous downpour. This caused 33ft of water to splurge it’s way through Villa Epecuen‘s booming little streets. Initially people were happy to sit tight on their roofs and wait for it to trickle away again. But it didn’t. So they left the town abandoned.

The waters began to recede again in 2009 to reveal this pretty creepy, ex-underwater world.

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Bed

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Building

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Car

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - House View

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Main Road

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Main Street

Amazingly, one resident has remained in the now desolate Villa Epecuen throughout. Pablo Novak was the only person not to leave his hometown when the water swallowed it up in 1985. He lives in a stone hut with a fridge and a basic cooker. He is a dude. But probably quite a lonely dude I would imagine.

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Pablo Novak - Sole Survivor 2

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Pablo Novak - Sole Survivor

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Partially Reclaimed 2

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Partially Reclaimed

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Petrified Forest

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Photo

RAINBOW COLOURED DOGS

PHOTOS OF 19TH CENTURY INDIA

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Ruins Trees

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Ruins

CANOEING WITH LAVA

RAINBOW COLOURED MOUNTAINS

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Sign Posts

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Stairs

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Sun Set Rubble

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Sun Set

Buenos Aires - Villa Epecuen - Salt Lake Atlantis - Trees Stumps

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