The town that drowned: Eerie pictures of the real life Atlantis that was underwater for 25 years. In 1985 a long period of heavy rains sent the lagoon
bursting over its banks, and it swept over a busy small town. Epecuen was submerged beneath 10 metres (30 feet) of water and 1,500 residents fled
their homes. Even when waters receded, the country town, 550 kilometres (340 miles) south ofthe capital, was never rebuilt.
It remained a hidden underwater world for nearly 25 years, but slowly the water around Argentina's 'town that drowned' has started to recede,
exposing the ruins that nestle below.
Once a vibrant spa town south of Buenos Aires, Epecuen was flooded nearly three decades ago - the lagoon salt water has left its mark with everything
slowly emerging from the flood covered in a silvery-white layer.
The town was flooded without warning aftera long period of heavy rains finally sent the lagoon bursting over its banks, submerging the small community
on 10 November, 1985.
Since 2009 the level of the water has been decreasing, exposing the ruins of this once popular lakeside resort.
The spa town had been a popular tourist designation with 20,000 people paying a visiteach year to the lagoon.
The town had 280 businesses, including lodges, guesthouses, hotels and businesses, centered around the tourist trade.
Lago Epecuen’s therapeutic powers have been famous for years and the lagoon has a salinity level only topped by the Dead Sea.
It is said that Epecuen — or ‘eternal spring’ — can cure conditions such as depression, rheumatism and skin diseases.
A local legend holds that the lake was formed by the tears of a great Chief crying for the pain of his beloved.
Even after the flood waters receded and moreland was exposed, the town was not rebuilt.
There is now one lone resident in the area, 81-year-old Pablo Novak. Source with Photos -