UK lost Atlantis village emerges from reservoir that has almost dried up

Droughts have been felt up and down the UK as temperatures soared in two back-to-back heatwaves – and the heat has caused rivers, lakes and reservoirs to dry up.

And the lowering water levels across the country have revealed several long-lost ancient villages – including the abandoned town of Llanwyddyn, which until now was submerged by Lake Vyrnwy in Powys, Wales.

The village once boasted a church, three pubs, several shops and 37 houses, but the site was flooded in the 1880s to create a reservoir to provide water to the people of Liverpool.

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Residents were moved to a nearby town around two miles away, while houses were destroyed and corpses were even dug up from the churchyard to make way for the water.

Now, the remnants of the once-vibrant town have been revealed after Lake Vyrnwy dried up as lofty temperatures battered the UK last week.

The Shropshire Star shared photos of the remains of the town including a bridge and the stone walls of homes, which haven't been seen since the heatwave of 1976.

Simon Baynes, now an MP, lived at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel in 1976 and remembers the last time the town was revealed.

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"Much of the old village was revealed as the water level of the lake went down dramatically," he said, recalling the last time the town could be seen nearly 50 years ago.

"You could see an old bridge, street patterns and a large millstone," he continued.

Lake Vyrnwy is typically 90% full during the summer, but it has dropped to just 60% in the last week after temperatures skyrocketed.

While rain is now expected across much of the UK, it won't be enough to solve the problem of lacking water, which has prompted hosepipe bans.

The Met Office has also issued a warning for widespread thunderstorms in the UK for today and tomorrow (August 15-16).

Monday's thunderstorm warning covers most of the UK while the warning for Tuesday covers large parts of just England.

However, parts of the South East, London, Norfolk, Suffolk and Wales have been excluded from the warning, the Daily Mirror reported.

According to the Met Office, some places are "likely to see thunderstorms with torrential rain" with sudden flooding to properties and roads could be a possibility.


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