Thursday, July 25, 2024

Drought reveals a Welsh village submerged in a 19th century reservoir


London (CNN) – Unlike the lost city of Atlantis, when this 19th century Welsh village was submerged under water, it only took a dry spell to surface and reveal its ruins.

Fernie Lake – a reservoir in Powys, Wales – has evaporated enough to reveal traces of the village of Lanoden.

The remains of the village last appeared during the 1976 drought, local media reports.

After countless weeks of record-breaking scorching temperatures across the UK, Lake Ferney is one of many rivers and reservoirs that have shrunk.

According to the UK Met Office, record temperatures for Wales were observed on July 18 in the northeastern county of Flintshire, reaching 37.1 degrees Celsius (98.8 degrees Fahrenheit), about 45 miles (72 kilometers) from Fernoy Lake.

Photographer Phil Plagg told CNN on Tuesday that parts of the village started popping up a week ago, but he waited until the last moment before rain to pick up the ruins when the water was at its lowest.

Plagg, who has lived in central Wales for 28 years and visited the lake several times, took the photos on Saturday.

“The most amazing thing I saw,” he said, “is the bridge on the road that passes over the stream in the village.” “(In the 19th century) it was flooded and now, 140 years later, you can see it again, roughly how it looked at the time.”

“You can obviously make the road out of logs in a row. The gate pillars are still in place (as they are) parts of the houses and the village walls,” he added.

When the Vyrnwy River Valley was closed to build a dam to restrict the flow of the river, the village of Llanwdyn – including the church cemetery – He was moved before the previous village sank.

according to Haverin DeferdoyIt is the water and sewer company that operates the reservoir, and the village consists of a parish church, two churches, three inns, 10 cottages, and 37 homes, the ruins of which can be seen today.

A spokeswoman for Haverin Deverdoy He told CNN on Tuesday that the changing landscape had sparked a lot of interest in the lake, adding that it was inundated with calls.



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