Hi teachers I am very confused between the two sentences. Which one is grammatical?

1. Flooded, the town of Athend laid in ruins.

2. Flooding, the town of Athens laid in ruins.

Many thanks in advance.

Michelle Cha Flooded

You need this. Your main verb is in the past, so the town would have already been flooded.

Michelle ChaFlooded, the town of Athens laid lay in ruins.

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'lay' is the past of 'lie'. This is the verb to use when there's no direct object (as there is in The teacher laid the book on his desk).