Once, there was a historical settlement here that was part of the Galicia–Volhynia principality. In the city of Bakota, foot trade and waterways converged. Now it is a flooded village near Kamianets-Podilskyi, one of the most beautiful places in Ukraine.
But that beauty has a price. Hundreds of families left their homes and farms to build a reservoir here for a hydroelectric power plant—the Dniester HPP. This is the highest (over 100 meters, or 328 feet) and largest hydroelectric power plant in Europe.
But 28 villages, 16,000 hectares (39536 acres) of fertile land, and 100 hectares (247 acres) of forest, vineyards, and orchards were underwater. The resettlement of residents lasted for eight years, and the flooding of the area with water lasted for another six. Now, this reservoir is 200 km (124 miles) long, and the floodplain extends over 1,590 hectares (3928 acres).