Saturday, February 17, 2018

Rain-swollen Seine burst its banks, engulfs quays

Bottom floor of Louvre museum remains closed

The Associated Press
Posted: Jan 27, 2018 7:33 AM ET
Last Updated: Jan 27, 2018 12:18 PM ET

Floodwaters are nearing their peak in Paris, with the rain-swollen Seine River engulfing scenic quays and threatening wine cellars and museum basements.

Unusually heavy rains have engorged the Seine and other rivers in the region, forcing a halt to all boat traffic in Paris, including tourist cruises.

France Flooding

People use a dinghy to reach a barge on the Seine on Saturday. (Thibault Camus/Associated Press)

Some quay-side restaurants were submerged, and roads and parks were closed — along with the bottom floor of the Louvre museum. Meanwhile, fishermen took advantage of the rushing, boat-free river to look for lunch.

However, authorities said Saturday that the flooding won’t be as bad as forecast earlier this week. The river is expected to peak in Paris on Sunday at six metres or less on the Austerlitz scale, well below the 8.6 metres hit in record floods in 1910.

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