As Paris floods, the Louvre museum shuts to guard priceless paintings

As Paris is pounded by heavy rains, a number of cities to the east and south of Paris are experiencing the worst flooding for many years.

This a part of Europe-wide freak climate the place a minimum of 11 individuals (one in France and 11 in Germany) have been killed.

The river Seine rose above acceptable alert ranges (5 metres) on Thursday. The river’s quays had been washed out and an island in entrance of the Eiffel Tower has been fully lined over.

Motorway slip roads have been closed and a few railways companies, RER C, needed to be suspended.

Flood alert ranges are at yellow, the third highest, however with extra downpours forecast for the weekend, expectations are that this will likely be upgraded to orange. Based on François Duquesne, head of Vigicrues, the company which screens water ranges in France, mentioned:

“The Seine remains to be rising however we’re removed from the eight.5 metres recorded in 1910 (when massive areas of the capital had been flooded for 45 days). We should always see an increase to a peak of round 5.6 metres in a single day.”

The timing couldn’t be worse being only a week earlier than UEFA Euro 2016 nationwide soccer event resulting from begin in Paris. The large “fan zone” is constructed on the Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower and may host as much as 100,000 individuals. Continued flooding may see the zone submerged underneath water.

Town’s iconic Louvre Museum has been closed so its priceless artworks may be protected or moved. The museum has simply 72 hours to maneuver its work into its underground reserve, the primary time because the Second World Warfare.


The Musée d’Orsay, (which was as soon as a practice station) on the other financial institution of the river, additionally closed early on Thursday evening as a precautionary measure.

The Eiffel tower and all different museums are at the moment open.

All pleasure boats and cruises have been cancelled, some promenades alongside the Seine are closed off and a number of the metropolis’s Metro stations have been shut.

Nevertheless there isn’t a disruption to Eurostar companies or air journey. There may be disruption to the nation’s rail community however this is because of strike motion and unrelated to the climate.

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