Flooding in Paris
After the Seine River in Paris, France rose to its highest level since 1982 on Friday, the flood waters are finally beginning to recede slightly today. The nearly 500 ft. long river flows through the heart of Paris.
The flooding has already claimed the lives of 4 people in France. BBC News reports that 17,000 homes are without electricity. Rail service and subway systems are also affected in the city. Thousands of people have been evacuated.
The waters have risen so high beneath some bridges that many vessels are unable to squeeze under them. Pointing to two bridges crossing the treacherous and fast-moving river, BBC reporter Jay Reynolds said “the only boats that can make their way by are police speed boats. Everybody else is banned from using the river.”
The high water threatened museums in the city as well. Precious artwork and artifacts were moved out of the Louvre museum to protect them from water damage. The Orsay museum was also closed as a precaution.
The worst flooding in Paris occurred in 1910.