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Lago Epecuén: The Lake That Drowned A Thriving Tourist Village

By Gerard @presurfer
Lago Epecuén: The Lake That Drowned A Thriving Tourist Villageimage credit: Santiago matamoro cc
Villa Epecuén was a tourist village that was located in the Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. The tourist village dates from the early 1920s. Large number of visitors arrived from Buenos Aires via railway lines seeking the lake's therapeutic salt water. There were 280 businesses, including lodges, guesthouses, and hotels.
The town reached 1,500 inhabitants. On November 10, 1985 an enormous volume of salt water broke the rock and earth dam, and inundated much of the town. The town had 33 ft of water in the streets. Today Villa Epecuén has a lone resident, Pablo Novak, who returned to his home after the flood waters receded.

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