According to the local tourism board, the village of Fabrich de Kerigin in Tuscany, Lucha province, was flooded in 1946 for the construction of a hydroelectric dam and Bhagli Lake. The dam has not been seen since its last evacuation in 1994.
ENEL Dam on Lego Lake Wagley in Garfaganana. Built to supply hydropower, it submerged a village. Credit: StellaPhotography / Alamy
City residents were relocated to a new lakeside town, Vagli de Soto. Submerged in 34 million cubic meters of water, the still intact structure of the abandoned village – including the stone house, a bridge, a cemetery and the San Teodoro Church – only re-sinks when the dam is emptied for maintenance.
The ancient village of Fabrice de Caregazin is rebuilt every ten years for dam maintenance. Credit: Dino Frechia / Almi
According to local media reports, local politicians have been trying for a long time to revisit the lake and the devastated village.
The ruins of an abandoned village sometimes see the light of day when the lake is habitually flowing. Credit: Ricardo Sala / Almi
But now there are signs that the lake could be emptied once more – 27 years after the last current to release the village.
In a Facebook post, Lorenza Georgie, daughter of Ilio Domenico Georgie, the former mayor of the local municipality, indicated that the lake, which currently serves as a reservoir, could dry up next year if a fire breaks out.
“Reliable sources say that next year, in 2021, Lake Vagli will be emptied,” he wrote.
“The last time the vacancy took place was in 1994 when my father was mayor and thanks to his efforts and the countless initiatives that enabled him to establish the entire city of Wagley and welcome another one million people,” he wrote.
CNN reached out to the artificial lake-operated Enel to comment.