Amanda

By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

This Town Was Underwater For 25 Years, The Photos Chilled Me To The Bone.

In 1985, disaster struck a small tourist town just south of Buenos Aires. Villa Apecuen was established in the twenties on the banks of a salt lake, and hosted thousands of travelers during the summer months. Until, of course, that fateful day in 1985.

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On that day in 1985, a dam burst and flooded the town with over 33 feet of salt water.

The damage to Villa Epecuen was incomprehensible, but its residents held out hope in the days after the disaster.

They crowded onto rooftops and waited for the water to recede, but unfortunately, it never did. Everything in the town was destroyed, and its 5,000 residents were forced to evacuate.

They crowded onto rooftops and waited for the water to recede, but unfortunately, it never did. Everything in the town was destroyed, and its 5,000 residents were forced to evacuate.

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Villa Epecuen remained underwater until 2009, when the floodwaters began to mysteriously recede.

Villa Epecuen remained underwater until 2009, when the floodwaters began to mysteriously recede.

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When all the water had receded, what was left were spooky remnants of a city that used to be vibrant and full of light.

Haunting, dead trees marked the area where there were once roads.

Everything in Villa Epecuen was just as its previous residents were forced to leave it.

Though quite beautiful, this town remains totally uninhabitable, and looks apocalyptic.

Though quite beautiful, this town remains totally uninhabitable, and looks apocalyptic.

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Shockingly, one sign of life has remained in Villa Epecuen has remained over the years. When the dam burst, Pablo Novak was living in a stone house that was miraculously high enough to stay above water, and be accessible to the outside world. He has lived there ever since.

Shockingly, one sign of life has remained in Villa Epecuen has remained over the years. When the dam burst, Pablo Novak was living in a stone house that was miraculously high enough to stay above water, and be accessible to the outside world. He has lived there ever since.

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