Drought in Spain brings Aceredo, a sunken Spanish town, back to the surface

When Aceredo, in Spain’s northwest Galicia, was flooded to create the Alto Lindoso reservoir in 1992, the town became frozen in time.

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Aceredo, February 2022
Pementa, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Aceredo, February 2022
Pementa, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

However, when drought struck in February 2022, the water in the dam dried out, decreasing to 15% of its capacity. And as the water levels got lower, the Spanish town reappeared, and details of a life locked in time were once again unearthed.

Visitors flocked to Aceredo, which is near the border between Spain and Portugal, to witness the eerie ruins and souvenirs from 1992.

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Aceredo, February 2022
Estevoaei, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

They discovered partially collapsed roofs, bricks and timber debris that formerly made up doors or beams, and even a drinking fountain with water still gushing from a rusted pipe.

A semi-destroyed old car was rusting away behind a stone wall, while crates filled with empty beer bottles were stacked by what had once been a café.

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